U2 rocker Bono has bucked the trend of celebrities criticising TV talent shows by throwing his support behind American Idol.
A number of high-profile musicians have come out against singing competitions such as Idol and The X Factor in recent months, with Sir Elton John, Roger Daltrey, Madness star Suggs and New Order's Bernard Sumner all lining up to criticise format pioneer Simon Cowell and his numerous TV projects.
Bono, who performed on the American Idol finale this week (beg23May11), has now come forward to champion the series, insisting the programme reminds him of old-fashioned variety shows which helped launch the careers of the world's most famous stars.
He tells the Hollywood Reporter he found performing on Idol "exciting" because it brought him to "the centre of pop culture."
Bono adds, "This show is really like I remember as kids growing up and hearing about The Ed Sullivan Show Elvis would be on and the Beatles, since then television is so fragmented and everybody watches something different this is probably the only show that every one watches so it's a very interesting thing."