January 11, 2011 09:00 AM by Paula_Kosowski
According to Digital Spy, Matthew Morrison, who plays teacher Will Schuester on “Glee,” says he does not think “Glee” would exist without Simon Cowell’s shows “The X factor” and “American Idol.”
Morrison tells The Sun “I don’t think ‘Glee’ would be around if ‘X Factor’ and ‘American Idol’ did not exist. It was inspired by those shows.”
The popularity of the two shows proved singing and music-focused television programs could succeed, which, according to Morrison, paved the way for “Glee.” Although the former Broadway star admits a link between the shows, he says he would never want to deal with theÂ instant success contestants receive from the show.
“I’m glad they exist, otherwise I wouldn’t be here, but I’d never have wanted to be on shows like those because I enjoyed my journey. The struggles made me the artist I am.”
Morrison warns “Idol” contestants to be cautious with instant fame.
“People on those shows go from being nothing to everything overnight, and that’s not real,” he tells The Sun. “I feel bad for them. They get the lifestyle but then can’t take the fall, because there’s always a fall.”
Morrison knows his 15 minutes of fame won’t last forever.
“I know ‘Glee’ will be gone one day. So it is what it is,” He says. “I do wish I’d planned for the fame side of things more, as it is weird. But I love that I didn’t go into this business for that reason.”
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