Patti Labelle Claims Idol Judges ‘Too Harsh, Not Qualified’

Veteran R&B/soul diva Patti Labelle has some harsh words for ‘American Idol,’ and not its contestants or producers either. According to Labelle, the judges need some work. “Some of the judges, I don’t think they’re qualified to even judge,” Labelle said during an interview Wednesday. While she would not discuss which judge she believes is not qualified, Labelle says their choice of words when dealing with contestants is also a problem. “The comments that were made, they could make you like wanna kill yourself,” she says. Nonetheless, Labelle seems to agree that American Idol is a great opportunity, as long as contestants are prepared and remain confident. “When people tell you ‘You can’t,’ you have to say, ‘I can.’


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