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Keith Richards Slams 'X Factor': 'I Don't See The Point Of Making Music Into A Competition'

31/12/2015 11:32 GMT | Updated 31/12/2015 11:59 GMT

Rocker Keith Richards has become the latest in a long line of musicians to openly criticise ‘The X Factor’, claiming it has negatively impacted the music industry.

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The Rolling Stones guitarist and singer has said that the hopefuls who audition for Simon Cowell’s show are more interested in their celebrity status than being an artist, also hitting out at the show for turning music into a “competition”.

He told BBC Radio 2: “You wonder why are you in there, is it to make music or be famous for two minutes with the X Factors and all that? The search for fame. And it seems to be an easy way to jerk your career up.

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Keith Richards

“In the end I don’t see the point of making music into a competition. It is not the way it happens. If you get liked, and people like your music, it is because you put music out and lots of people buy it - and we like that.

“It is not a matter of getting on a TV show and some guy going five or seven. I don’t see that as the best way to run your career.”

It’s been a particularly difficult year for ‘The X Factor’, which wrapped up its 12th series earlier this month.

Despite Simon’s initial boast that the show would triumph in the ratings battle, it was generally panned by critics and hit with low viewing figures, even losing out to ‘Countryfile’ on two occasions.

The live final was later met with its lowest ratings in a decade, while Louisa Johnson’s winner’s single, a cover of Bob Dylan’s ‘Forever Young’, barely scraped the top 10, peaking at number nine in the UK singles chart.

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