Last year Tina Arena was a guest judge on Australian Idol, which followed some criticism from her years earlier. At the time many were wondering if she had backtracked on her earlier comments.
In her upcoming special An Audience with Tina Arena she takes questions from a celebrity audience.
One of those questions visits the apparent Idol contradictions and how it compares with her former Young Talent Time.
“Young Talent Time was a TV show that was way before reality TV shows. Before people would see the entire process of everything. And what you see is not always necessarily what you get.
“The era of innocence and beauty and purity and honourable intentions is really gone.”
Arena says many teenagers now want to become pop stars because of reality television.
“It’s instilled something that’s not actually correct. Being a star is something that doesn’t happen overnight. It’s a lot of work, it’s a lot of years it’s a lot of heartache.
“My beef today is please don’t misrepresent what is truly required for somebody. I don’t care, do what you like, knock yourself out. But I don’t like the misrepresentation,” she asserts.
“And the reason why I did Idol is because I’m in a position now at this stage of my life, in my early 40s, where I have amassed so much information. It’s my duty to pass it on. I have something to give these kids, and I want to give it to them, I’m ready to give it to them, it they’re prepared to listen.”
The show airs 8:30pm Saturday on Biography.