Australian Idol winner and X Factor judge Guy Sebastian has slammed X Factor winner Altiyan Childs for ‘wasting his talent’.
In an interview with News Limited, Sebastian spoke about his own reality television experience and life after winning the first season of Australian Idol in 2003.
It comes after it was reported that the ‘Don’t Worry, Be Happy’ singer has been knocked back in the US due to his status as ‘Idol winner’.
”I will never slam Idol. I will never be regretful about it,” Sebastian says.
”But even with Mike (a US music producer who considered Sebastian), I had to break down walls when he heard: ‘Oh, he’s an Idol winner …’ You see it in their face. They assume certain things.”
”But I will never diss the show that gave me my life. I’m so grateful.”
It was after this interview that Sebastian began to answer to the criticism levelled at Childs.
Childs claimed earlier in the year that former mentor Ronan Keating ”never called, never gave a damn, never offered to help me out in any way.”
”What does he expect Ronan to do? Hold his hand?” Sebastian said.
”Altiyan has been gifted with an opportunity and it’s up to him to stop being stupid and stop blaming others.”
He also criticised the amount of reality television shows based around singing talent there are on at this time.
”When there are too many shows, the level of talent isn’t there,” he said.
”You don’t get a Reece (Mastin, recent X Factor winner) every show. But I’m hoping the pool of talent is large enough.”
The talent shows he speaks of includes, among his own show, The Voice Australia (Nine) and Australia’s Got Talent (Seven), both of which begin mid-year on their respective networks.
The X Factor Australia also returns this year on Seven. Expect an August-September start date.
Source: Herald Sun