Re­al­ity only ‘an il­lu­sion’

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vet­eran Alice Cooper (pic­tured) is urg­ing young­sters not to watch re­al­ity TV shows as he fears chil­dren will as­pire to find­ing fame in­stead of carv­ing out a proper ca­reer. The mu­si­cian ad­mits he can’t stand shows which give par­tic­i­pants a fleet­ing mo­ment in the spot­light. ‘‘There’s one thing that re­ally gets my horned goat in this grand scheme of things,’’ he blogs. ‘‘Re­al­ity TV! Please, don’t get your head turned in an Ex­or­cist style and think it’s the way to fame and for­tune, kid­dies! Be­lieve me. I might be a rock star, all glit­ter, fake blood, makeup and theatrics (with awe­some rock an­thems of course) but you’ve no idea the hard graft and craft that’s gone into my ca­reer. The prob­lem is with want­ing to be a re­al­ity TV star, you’re only fa­mous for a lit­tle while. You can’t live on that fame for­ever. That’s one of the ma­jor prob­lems with the whole schtick.’’ Cooper even dis­ap­proves of TV tal­ent shows such as Amer­i­can Idol and The X Fac­tor as he claims they don’t give tal­ented artists a fair chance. ‘‘They keep putting out these cook­iecut­ters that can go, ‘Oh yeah, I can sing Barry Manilow!’ Well, how about you write your own song?’’

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