Sir Elton John has accused BBC1 talent show The Voice – dominated by two Northern Irish singers this year – of producing "nonentities".
The veteran musician has often been a critic of TV talent shows in the past and has now blasted the poor track record of The Voice. This year's competition was won by Andrea Begley from Co Tyrone, while Leah McFall from Co Antrim was the runner-up.
Andrea (right) only made it to number 30 in the charts at the weekend for her cover of Evanescence's My Immortal in the wake of her win. Her performance of Ho Hey by American folk rock band The Lumineers is also at number 98.
But Sir Elton said the contest – commissioned for a third series by the BBC – was more about the coaches than the contestants.
His comments in an interview with Radio 4's Front Row programme come in the wake of last year's winner Leanne Mitchell's debut album coming in at 134 in the charts.
Sir Elton said: "The Voice is all about watching the judges, it is in America.
"Nobody on The Voice in America has had a hit record."
He added: "Nobody on The Voice in England has had a hit record. They're nonentities."