WESTLIFE RAP POP'S MR MEAN; Cowell's Too Cruel, Say Singers

The People (London, England), October 26, 2003 | Go to article overview

WESTLIFE RAP POP'S MR MEAN; Cowell's Too Cruel, Say Singers


Byline: JAMES DESBOROUGH

IRELAND'S chart-toppers Westlife have launched an astonshing attack on their record label boss Simon Cowell.

The Irish band has lashed out at Simon's show Pop Idol and branded the top judge "sad"

Westlife laid into their mentor for his cruelty to contestants.

Their astonishing outburst hints further to a rift between the four year old band and its founder.

Cowell, 44, recently ordered the band to ditch their new rock'n'roll sound for slow ballads.

Westlife had boasted how they sidelined Cowell for their new album, recording and producing it themselves.

Now Nicky Byrne has attacked Mr Nasty's vicious tongue-lashing of Pop Idol wannabes.

Nicky, 25, told this month's Popworld magazine: "I don't think anybody has the right to do that to people.

"You can give your opinion, but they don't give their opinion, they act like they're the be all and end all."

Band mate Mark also stuck the knife into Simon - the man who built them into Britain's leading boyband.

He added: "The TV ratings it gets are more important than the moral side of it. It's disgusting what they do to the people on the show.

" People say it makes great television, but I don't think that's an excuse for what they're doing to the kids.

"It also promotes the fact that you can be nasty to someone and that's OK.

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