Boy George has branded The X Factor “a joke” over aspiring rapper Honey G’s success on the show.
The hip-hop act, 35, has survived the first two weeks of the live shows after she was controversially put through by her mentor Sharon Osbourne.
Boy George, 55, a former coach on The Voice, blamed talent shows for making pop music bland and said it was “ridiculous” that Honey G had got so far.
Real name Anna Georgette Gilford, Honey G has sparked speculation that she is not genuine because of her amusing dance moves, outfits and attempts at street slang.
Boy George told Good Morning Britain: “The reason why pop music’s so bad is because the public has been dictating the art form.
“All these shows, everything’s a format so nobody’s really individual any more.”
The Karma Chameleon singer said that Honey G “would be a great Britain’s Got Talent contestant. But for a singing show, it’s ridiculous.”
He told GMB: “The fact that Freddy (Parker) got sent home and other people got sent home and she (stayed). It’s like a joke, it’s a joke.”
Honey G was sent through to the lives shows after judge Sharon decided to take a “risk” on the hip-hop singer, who has told judges she is “sweet like Honey G”.
“Honey G could be the next big recording artist,” the rapper has boasted. “I’m going to put North Weezy (north-west London) right on the map, baby”.