"Idol" critic Roger Daltrey wanted to be a judge

Wed Apr 27, 2011 6:56pm EDT
 
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LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Veteran British rocker Roger Daltrey, a vehement critic of TV talent shows, once auditioned to be a judge on "American Idol," according to Rolling Stone magazine.

But the Who frontman flunked his tryout by dressing too smartly, disappointing producers who instead gave the job last year to colorful Aerosmith singer Steven Tyler.

The magazine quoted Mike Darnell, an executive at "Idol" broadcaster Fox, as saying that Daltrey looked "very formal, his hair was cut, he looked like a regular guy. He had lost all that sort of rock 'n' roll charm."

Tyler, on the other hand, carries knives, wears feathers in his long hair and sports heavy jewelry. The 63-year-old bad-boy rocker also wowed producers by telling them that he sometimes cries when he hears emotional songs, according to the article.

The rockers were among about 40 people who vied for a slot on "Idol," which underwent a make-over last year after caustic judge Simon Cowell left the show to focus on the U.S. launch of his British talent smash "The X Factor."

Late last year, Daltrey was widely quoted as saying that Cowell had "belittled" music by manufacturing pop stars on both "Idol" and "X Factor."

"We really need to break away from 'The X Factor' and 'American Idol' -- that Simon Cowell thing," Daltrey reportedly told an audience at Brighton's Institute Of Modern Music.

"Groups like the Who, the Rolling Stones and the Beatles wouldn't have made it past the audition stage, let alone be shown on TV," he said. That's the joke of it. The music they make on the shows is absolute tripe."

(Reporting by Dean Goodman; Editing by Jill Serjeant.)