Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Use Your Loaf, Judges Rock Star's Advice for the Voice

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Use Your Loaf, Judges Rock Star's Advice for the Voice

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Byline: Robert Dex Arts Correspondent

News and gossip from the world of entertainment by Alistair Foster REALITY show judges are failing to prepare their young stars for success on stage, according to veteran rocker Meat Loaf.

The singer, who is coming to London this week ahead of the release of his 13th studio album, said judges on shows such as the US version of The Voice had got "the theory" wrong.

"I see these judges telling singers things I totally disagree with, [like] 'feel the song'," he said. "I'd say, 'You don't feel the song -- you own the song, believe the song, are the song.' "You hear them say, 'You've got to control the stage.' I'd say, 'Don't control the stage, control the room.' They will say they loved what they did with the front row. I'd say, 'Don't ever do that to the front row, that is making the back rows feel like it's an inside joke.'" The 68-year-old, who has sold more than 80 million records and first toured his Bat Out Of Hell show in 1977, added: "You play to everyone in the room. …

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