Annie Lennox tut-tuts at kids today

Annie Lennox, the 80s queen of electropop, has spoken out against The X Factor. Stopping short of moaning that elderly pop divas can no longer get any attention because of all the Little Mixes in the world, she did call the TV show a "factory".

In the interview with Absolute Radio, which as far as we know was not aired in the Grumpy Old Pop Stars slot, Lennox offered some mordant opinions on modern pop.

"You wouldn't find a Joni Mitchell on X Factor, that's not the place," Lennox said. Which conjures up the delicious image of Simon Cowell telling Joni to fix her teeth, do something with her hair, and sing something a bit more cheerful.

"X Factor is a specific thing for people that want to go through that process," Lennox added. "It's a factory, you know, and it's owned and stitched-up by puppet masters."

She admitted to being a fan of Adele, the 2011 equivalent of the coffee-table chanteuse pop Lennox sold by the bucketloads a couple of decades ago. She is less enamoured of Lady Gaga.

"Obviously she's someone who really is I would say probably a bit compulsive about the dressing up thing and all of that. The only thing for me is I'm not quite sure what it all means at the end of the day, other than it just being extraordinarily startling."

Lennox’s memory has clearly erased the images of her own startling red bra with leather jacket ensemble she wore on the 1986 Eurythmics tour.

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