5 Questions with Mrs. O
Sharon Osbourne dishes on how the talent rates this year, who she thinks could replace the Rolling Stones, and who has already made her cry in the audition room.
How do you rate the talent this year?
The thing I love this year is that we have got so many young singer/songwriters. There are kids who produce their own tracks too, and for me, that’s so much more interesting. These kids are not just singing everyone else’s songs, I love that and feel like we’ve come a long way. I think it’s a big change because the kids can actually be themselves. When you’re asking a 16-year-old to do certain songs they can look at you as if they don’t know what you’re talking about. They can’t relate to it. It’s about new blood and we need young, new blood. And I think we’ve got an overabundance of it this year.
You sent a lot of people home this year who had good voices but seemed to lack personality when you judges spoke to them. Why?
Yeah, you have to have a bit of everything. You’ve got to be able to entertain, to connect with an audience. You can stand up there and have the best voice in the world but if you don’t show anything, if you’re blank, it’s nothing.
One contestant has sung her own songs throughout the audition process and made both yourself and Nicole cry, what’s so special about her?
There’s a young girl who has come in and she’s very much got her own personality, her own style going on. She’s a great singer and an even better song writer. Her song, we have never heard before, and each time she’s come in with a new one and I’m like, ‘Woah! How did you do that?’. It’s amazing, her songs are all biographical, about things that have happened in her life. It’s very deep what she does, very emotional and I think a lot of women will connect with what she sings about.
Do you think the musical stars of today will have the lasting careers of the likes of Bowie, Prince and the Rolling Stones?
I have had this conversation so many times with artists. We always say from this generation who will still be going in 40 years? Who out of this group of people will still be making hits and also still be relevant? It’s a really hard question to answer. Who’s going to take over from Elton? It’s tough. Not that Elton’s going anywhere, but you know what I am saying. Will there ever be another Rolling Stones? No. It’s hard because when you’re a pioneer, your imprint is there. The thing is, there is great talent out there, but they are not pioneers. They didn’t start a genre of music, they weren’t the first person to walk on the moon.
How much do you want to win the show this year?
There’s nothing like being a winner, I mean no one wants to be a loser and have no one in the final. You just sit there like a spare part. Of course you want to win. So it’s difficult if you don’t have anyone in the final. But as far as the acts go, coming second or third is just as good. If you have really got it, you’ll get a deal and your career will take off.
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