The 53-year-old host of Let it Shine has spoken out against the ITV show and one of its mains stars from last year’s series, Honey G.
He made a dig about the long-running music competition as he claimed the people who audition for the BBC show are “properly talented” unlike contestants such as rapper Honey G.
Speaking to Radio Times, he said: “There are no Honey Gs in Let It Shine, the contestants are properly talented."
Graham Norton hosts Let It Shine alongside Mel Giedroyc
Graham Norton slammed X Factor stars such as rapper Honey G
There are no Honey Gs in Let It Shine, the contestants are properly talented
Graham also blasted shows who let the contestants down by promising them “something that’s never going to happen”.
When asked if he was creating an antidote to X Factor culture, the host presenter replied: “I hope so. I think the cruellest thing about some of these shows is when the contestants are promised something that’s never going to happen.
“We’re not saying to these people that they’re going to have gold records and live in a Beverly Hills mansion. We’re saying you’re going to be on a bus, what we’re telling them is real.”
The competition aims to find young men to star in a stage musical The Band, base on the songs of Take That.
It has been going head-to-head against ITV’s The Voice UK but Let It Shine has managed to pull in a bigger audience so far.
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Graham Norton also spoke of his relief in working with the BBC
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In one episode of the series, Graham Norton was left rather embarrassed when a contestant kicked up a fuss after he failed to get awarded 15 stars and a place in the next round.
The Eurovision Song Contest commentator also spoke to the publication of his comfort in working with the BBC and claimed there is less responsibility than working with other channels.
He added: “That’s the nice thing about working for the BBC – at Channel 4, if the press hate your show, then they hate you. If you’re at the BBC, they hate the BBC more than you. It takes the responsibility off.”
Read the full interview with Graham Norton in this week’s Radio Times, out now.
Let It Shine continues next Saturday at 7pm on BBC One.