Usher spoke with the Detroit Free Press in a Q&A, elaborating on some comments he made to the Guardian in Britain about ‘American Idol’, which he was critical of “because it seems so easy that everyone can do it, and that it can happen overnight.” The singer, who was a mentor on the program earlier this season, told Rochelle Riley:
So there’s no misinterpretation of what was said, I spoke to a UK publication and normally what they do is cut and paste and use what is juicy. What I said is that I came from a place of a believer that ‘American Idol’ wasn’t really good for the industry, it was not something that was realistic enough to prepare other artists for watching. If you’re sitting at home looking at TV and saying, ‘Wow this looks easy’, there’s so much more to it. That mentality is what’s killing the industry. Why I wanted to be involved was to be part of the mentoring of that process, that which is missed, which is stage presence, understanding what it is to be a performer, understanding how to connect, finding your dedication in your voice, and what you write about, finding your passion. But things are always misconstrued.
The entire interview at freep.com has since been removed.