Despite having many of his compositions covered on "Idol," it turns out Richard isn't too big a fan of the show--which, in a most Simon Cowell-esque fashion, he dubbed "one long karaoke night." And despite the fact that he'd probably never consider taking a job as a reality show judge--because it would require him to, you know, actually WATCH a reality show--I admire his honesty and still think he'd be a great guy for the job.
"It's not about artistry," Richard said of "Idol" and similar shows. "How am I supposed to know about some 20-year-old's artistry when they're making him sing some old Motown track to a horribly bad arrangement?" Hey, the man had a point.
Additionally, Richard argued, with great validity: "Audiences seem to think that a singer is really good not necessarily because that singer is singing well, but because they're just singing loud. Singing loud doesn't necessarily mean you're singing well--and everyone on 'American Idol' sings loud!"
Still, I'd love to see Richard on a panel alongside Randy Jackson, as it would undoubtedly be a total lovefest. Said Richard of The Dawg: "I love that Randy Jackson has become a gazillionaire because of 'American Idol,' but what I don't like is that people don't know that he's one of the most talented people we've ever had in the music business. He is such a deeply gifted musican, and he's sort of become a little bit of a cartoon because of that show."
Well then, maybe Richard could give Randy some tips on how to be a tougher, better judge? And maybe Richard would reconsider taking a judging job like Randy's? Mr. Marx may be a little polarizing, and more than a little snarky, but his refreshing hard-stance opinions are just what reality television needs.
Watch Richard's hysterical anti-"AI" interview below:
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