Sixties pop icon Peter Noone has blasted TV talent show American Idol after appearing as a coach during the most recent series. The Herman's Hermits frontman helped wannabes perfect covers of '60s hits for a flashback episode in March (07), but now admits he hates the idea of hopefuls appearing on such a big show - before they've made it. Noone says, "If I were a young performer today, I'd take the bowl of maggots if people said, 'Do you want to be a contestant on American Idol or eat a bowl of maggots?' I'd say give me the bowl because I can get through that quick. "I think it's probably much better to play in bars and then play the next-best bar than start on such a huge stage. If people are going to hate you, they may as well hate you in a small room."