Sharon Osbourne Blasts ‘The Voice’ As ‘A Gimmick,’ Disses Contestants As ‘Toads’ And ‘Backing Singers’

Sharon Osbourne is no slouch when it comes to evaluating musical talent, having guided husband Ozzy Osbourne’s career since the 1970s and serving as a judge on “America’s Got Talent”, “Britain’s Got Talent” and, currently, “The X Factor” in the U.K.

So what kind of opinion does the co-host of “The Talk” have about “The Voice”?

A low one, apparently, slamming the show as “a gimmick with the twisty chairs” in a recent interview with Britain’s Radio Times, reports The Sun.

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As Osbourne explains, being a successful musical performer is about more than just, well, “The Voice”, but relies on a combination of factors. “You cannot judge talent on voice alone, because if Mick Jagger was up there nobody would turn around,” she declares.

“It’s not just about the voice,” she insists. “They have all these toads up there and, I’m sorry, half of them are backing singers.”

She adds: “That’s why no stars have come from the show.”

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Yet despite that scathing critique, Osbourne had some praise to offer “The Voice” as well.

“I love the judges,” she proclaims, “and if I was asked to do it and didn’t have ‘The X Factor’, ‘course I’d do it!”

Bear in mind, however, that Osbourne is speaking of the British version of the show, which features Black Eyed Peas’ will.i.am, Boy George, Paloma Faith and Ricky Wilson as coaches, while the U.S. version’s coaches are Blake Shelton, Adam Levine, Miley Cyrus and Jennifer Hudson, who will join the show when the new season begins in the fall.

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