Dan Sultan: Reality Singing Shows Are “Solely For Humiliation, Making Money”

Australian rocker Dan Sultan has spoken out against reality singing shows such as X Factor and The Voice, commenting that they are ruining the music industry he’s worked for years to be a part of.

“I think these shows are set up solely for humiliation and making money from [viewer vote] phone calls,” Sultan told News Corp. “They do it under the guise of art, but it’s not art.”

Sultan said these kinds of reality television shows send the wrong message to young artists looking to break into the industry. “It’s really unfair for them,” he continued. “It’s not good for the music industry; I’m in that industry, my friends are in it, and we earn our money getting out there and doing the hard yards.”

The comments come just days after the kids version of television singing contest The Voice came under fire, when a 12-year-old girl was left weeping on national television after all four celebrity coaches, Delta Goodrem, Mel B and brothers Joel and Benji Madden, failed to select her during her audition.

While many current Australian pop stars such as Jessica Mauboy, Guy Sebastian and Matt Corby first cut their teeth singing it out on the silver screen, Sultan says his beef is not with the artists themselves but with the corporate money behind the shows that are pulling the strings.

“I’m talking about the people making money, counting the phone calls, who have nothing to do with music,” he said. “It’s disgusting.” He also said he believes record companies have jumped on board because reality shows are the only platform promoting music on national prime-time television.

Dan Sultan is in the midst of his extensive national tour in support of his latest record Blackbird. The tour continues tonight at Port Panthers in Port Macquarie and will continue into August to finish up at the Roebuck Bay Hotel in Broome. See all the tour details below.

Watch: Dan Sultan – Kimberley Calling

Dan Sultan Blackbird National Tour Dates

w/Stonefield, Way of the Eagle (DJ Set)

Thursday, 26th June

The Venue, Townsville QLD

Tix: Ticketek

Friday, 27th June

Tank Arts Centre, Cairns QLD

Tix: Tanksartscentre

Saturday, 28th June

River Sessions Festival, Mackay QLD

Tix: River Sessions

Wednesday, 2nd July

Solbar, Maroochydore QLD

Tix: Oztix

Thursday, 3rd July

Spotted Cow, Toowoomba QLD

Tix: Oztix

Friday, 4th July

Soundlounge, Gold Coast QLD

Tix: Soundlounge

Saturday, 5th July

Eatons Hill Hotel, Brisbane QLD

Tix: Oztix

Tuesday, 8th July

The Northern, Byron Bay NSW

Tix: Oztix

Wednesday, 9th July

Port Panthers, Port Macquarie NSW

Tix: Oztix

Thursday, 10th July

Cambridge Hotel, Newcastle NSW

Tix: Oztix

Friday, 11th July

Metro Theatre, Sydney NSW

Tix: Metro Theatre

Saturday, 12th July

Waves, Woollongong NSW

Tix: Moshtix

Thursday, 17th July — SOLD OUT!

The Forum, Melbourne VIC

Friday, 18th July

The Wool Exchance, Geelong VIC

Tix: Oztix

Saturday, 19th July

Westernport Hotel, San Remo VIC

Tix: Oztix

Friday, 1st August

Settlers Tavern, Margaret River WA

Tix: Oztix

Saturday, 2nd August

Astor Theatre, Perth WA

Tix: Show Ticketing

Friday, 8th August

Wrest Point Showroom, Hobart TAS

Tix: Tixtas

Saturday, 9th August

Country Club Showroom, Launceston TAS

Tix: Tixtas

Thursday, 14th August

The Gov, Adelaide SA

Tix: Oztix

Saturday, 16th August

Roebuck Bay Hotel, Broome WA

Tix: Oztix

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