A lot of artists have gained attention on shows like X Factor, but it’s not for everyone. In a recent interview with The Mirror, Sam Smith explained why he wouldn’t recommend X Factor as a good career move for all artists.
It was a very conscious decision for me not to audition… I feel that X Factor is perfect for singers who sing, and that’s all they want to do. They don’t care what they sing, they just love singing.
You could sing on a cruise ship or release a cover album, that’s what it’s for. Because when you think about it, every week, that’s what you do. You’re singing other people’s songs. People are judging you on other people’s music.
The minute I started writing music, I knew that none of that stuff was going to be for me. I want people judging me on my voice and my songs—that’s what’s important to me.
I always say to people: ‘If you’re a singer, go for it.’ It’s an amazing platform. But if you’re not, and you’re a songwriter, I think it’s actually quite damaging for you to go on there.
Sam Smith’s debut album In The Lonely Hour is currently No. 5 on the Billboard 200. It is nominated for a Grammy for Album of the Year. He is credited as a writer on every one of the songs on the album.