Avril Lavigne has become the latest pop star to blast her lipsyncing peers, calling them "pathetic."

The Canadian singer was appalled by Ashlee Simpson's performance on last weekend's (23OCT04) Saturday Night Live, when she was caught miming to a backing track when her drummer programmed in the wrong tune.

And, speaking to music website Billboard.COM, Lavigne says, "There are a lot of people out there today, who have become stars or famous musicians.

"I wouldn't really define them as a star with a record only because they have connections and only because they have money and for the wrong reasons. And it sucks.

"Actually, I know for a fact there are some young female artists who don't even sing on their own records and who don't sing live. And that is pathetic."

01/11/2004 10:49