Sir Elton John has reignited his war of words with Simon Cowell by suggesting the music mogul's TV talent shows can leave contestants with lasting "psychological damage".
The music legend was linked to a role on the American Idol judging panel earlier this year (10), but he fiercely denied the rumours - branding singing contests "boring" and "brain crippling".
Cowell responded by accusing the star of "missing the point" and insisting high profile artists feel "resentment" towards singers who make their name on his TV shows.
The Rocket Man has now waded into the debate once again, insisting programmes such as American Idol and The X Factor can harm competitors, as they are treated like "products" and "dumped" soon after finding fame.
He tells Britain's Absolute Radio, "What's the psychological damage going to be when you've humped and dumped them, and the next one comes along? "They're a bit like products, to be honest with you. They're products, and the record comes out at Christmas, and it's always number one, and then what happens next year? Why aren't they touring? Who's managing these people? Why aren't you building their career properly? That's what worries me.
"You know, I don't hate The X Factor. I hate what happens to people's careers, because it's not thought about properly."