Brian McFadden has hit out at former manager and talent show judge SIMON COWELL, questioning his ability to find "real artists".

The former WESTLIFE singer doesn't think the man behind American Idol, POP IDOL and The X Factor is a good enough talent-spotter.

He says, "I like the guy as a person, but musically he's definitely not for me.

"He knows how to pick out a brilliant pop tune, but he could never find a real artist who writes his own music because he just doesn't get it.

"He would never have found Dido. I mean, he doesn't even get Will Young."

17/09/2004 17:18