Linda Perry, the writer and producer behind massive hits for Pink, Gwen Stefani, Alicia Keys, Christina Aguilera and many others, has been pretty open with her criticisms of talent reality shows like “American Idol.”
Just this week, the former 4 Non Blondes frontwoman joined “Larry King Now” and scorned the competition. Comparing it to her extensive real life experience, she said, “My process of songwriting comes from a very real place, a place that when you watch ‘American Idol ‘– God bless it, it’s probably an awesome experience that these people are having — but it’s not a real one.”
Perry’s condemnation now comes with a challenge in the form of her own reality show she says is based a bit more in reality. “Make or Break: The Linda Perry Project” will follow Perry as she guides a cast of up-and-coming artists in her Hollywood studio as they compete for a deal with her label, Custard Records.
Watch the exclusive preview of the show below:
When approached with the idea for a reality show, Perry — who also serves as one of the show’s executive producers — says she had some requirements.
“I said, ‘Well, obviously it’s got to be about music, and it’s gotta be… It can’t be scripted, and it can’t be me acting anything,'” she says.
“Then they came with this whole idea, because they had heard from Christina Aguilera or Pink or whoever I worked with when they’ve done ‘Behind the Musics’ with them… The interview would ask, ‘What is it like to work with Linda Perry?’ They would tell them some stories, and so they start picking up this pattern of what people would say about how I am in the studio: ‘Very therapeutic, she’s balls to the walls, she’s pretty aggressive, she just goes right for the fucking jugular… I’m very emotional, I’ve cried.’ And then of course, they were like, ‘Would you be interested in doing a show about that?'”
Viewers will get to see both the tough and tender sides of Perry when “Make or Break: The Linda Perry Project” premieres July 16, at 10 p.m. on VH1.