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Eric Church Apologizing For Reality TV Remarks

5/1/2012

(Undated) -- Eric Church is clarifying the critical remarks he made to "Rolling Stone" about reality TV. The singer says in a statement that he thinks shows like "American Idol" and "The Voice" give the false impression that artists "can shortcut their way to success." He explains that once the show is over it still takes a lot of work for a performer to succeed, and "these shows tend to gloss over that part and make it seem like you can be ordained into stardom." Church adds that he has "a lot of respect" for artists like Miranda Lambert, Carrie Underwood, and Kelly Clarkson, who used reality TV to help launch their careers. He says he "never intended to tear down any individual" with his comments, and extends an apology to anyone he offended.

Miranda is one of the stars who took offence. She expressed herself in a sarcastic Twitter post Monday saying "Thanks Eric Church for saying I'm not a real artist." She added, "Your welcome for the tour in 2010." Lambert helped Church advance his career by taking him on the road with her two years ago. Blake Shelton was also shocked by Church's remarks, tweeting, "I wish I misunderstood this."

In the "Rolling Stone" article Church uses some four-letter words to tell "Rolling Stone" that he'd never agree to be a judge on a TV talent show. He reportedly said that a person who competes on one of those shows is "not an artist." Eric added that if he were asked to be a reality show judge he'd "never make that mistake," and that he'd "starve" before he'd sign on.

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