Anastacia Defends New Talent Show

Anastacia got her big break on a TV talent show in 1998 and is appearing in a new, similar series.

Anastacia got her big break on a TV talent show in 1998 and is appearing in a new, similar series. Yet in a recent interview in London to promote "A Cut," a five-part series airing on MTV's European channels, the 31-year-old railed against talent-spotting shows and the cult of instant celebrity promoted by the likes of "Pop Idol" and spinoff "American Idol."

"There is a desperate need for a show like 'A Cut', because the shows that are out there are all pre-fabricated shows that are trying to make stars out of people that are just average, everyday people," she said.

"In this business, TV is being taken up not by the true artists or the actors or the musicians any more, they are just being taken up by the common man, which gives everyone that feeling that there's a chance for me yet to be a star."

Anastacia, who has sold 20 million records mainly in Europe despite a low profile in the world's largest music market, the United States, said "A Cut" would promote bands already playing and recording rather than manufacturing them from scratch.

"'A Cut' is a show that is not contrived," she said at the end of her European tour. "It is not put together by a bunch of panels of people trying to find a band and find the music that they need to put in that band. It is about real bands that have been put together before we found them, that write their own material."

The program follows the fate of 10 groups shortlisted by Anastacia and music industry expert Olivier Behzadi. Two acts are thrown off the show each day until a final winner is chosen to play in front of 35,000 fans at an Anastacia concert.

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