Fox’s hit show American Idol took a couple shots this week from someone who knows what she is talking about.
R&B diva Patti Labelle told the Associated Press that the judging panel could use an overhaul.
“Some of the judges, I don’t think they’re qualified to even judge,” she said in an interview Wednesday.
While she wasn’t specific about one particular judge, her comments mirror what a lot of fans already think.
Idol added a fourth judge to the competition last year. A move that doesn’t appear to have made a real difference in the quality of the show.
Paula Abdul, who was the only judge to have had a singing career before Kara DioGuardi was added, left the show before this season started.
Simon Cowell, Randy Jackson, Kara DioGuardi and Ellen DeGeneres are in charge of finding this year’s Idol.
Ms Labelle thinks they are out of line with some of their criticisms of the singers.
“The comments that were made, they could make you like wanna kill yourself,” the 65-year-old singer said.
Her advice to anyone trying out for the show is “If you believe in yourself, just go for it. What do you have to lose? And when people tell you ‘You can’t,’ you have to say, ‘I can.'”