We argue with each other. We’re artists who have all had a degree of experience so the view is if you can give it, you can take it.
Vocal affectations that mimic the artists the contestants are covering are out.
Cockiness is out and so too fake humility.
Kindness to those who share their vulnerability – or juicy back story – is in; but what he is primarily looking for isn’t so much the greatest singer as it is the best package.
“I would argue you can’t separate a person from what they sing and what they wear and how they feel and what their politics are, whether social politics or sexual politics; I think all of that stuff is really important,” he says.
“And to me that is really what makes an artist, which is very different from a performer. You can have someone who is a great performer and doesn’t write their own songs and that’s not less. But I come from putting a band together and living who I am 24 hours a day, not just on stage singing a song.”
He may possess a naturally acerbic wit but Boy George also