Simon Cowell hits back at Elton criticism

Thursday March 10, 2011

He has made no secret of his dislike of reality shows, claiming they "kill talent" and ruin the music industry.

And it seems Elton John's views may have touched a nerve with music mogul Simon Cowell.

Piers Morgan told the the X Factor judge on his CNN show: "Certain people out there will say that you have single-handedly destroyed the music industry," referring to the singer's remarks.

Simon replied: "Well, look. This is somebody who charges what - a million dollars a private gig? Two million dollars, you know?"

"I don’t know whether he's concerned about himself - maybe it is. But they always bleat on that we're not giving other people a chance."

"And I always want to say to them, ‘I tell you what, you just made a million dollars off your last private gig."

"Go and give it to a bunch of young musicians you care about, put them in the studio. Go and nurture them. Go and spend some time looking after them. Then I’ll buy your argument."

The full interview will air this Monday.

Photo: © Rex

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