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Shannon Noll slams music reality shows

AAP logoAAP 5/10/2016 Lisa Robinson

He got his start on Australian Idol, but Shannon Noll says reality TV music shows can be dangerous for kids trying to kickstart their careers.

The What About Me singer was runner up to Guy Sebastian in the debut season of Australian Idol in 2003 with judges Mark Holden, Marcia Hines and Ian "Dicko" Dickson.

Noll says too much attention is now given to celebrity judges on similar shows.

"In our year it was all about the contestants. The judges were unknown," Noll told AAP.

"Now they bring Americans out who announce a new single and a tour. I think I heard one of them go 'You can win this for me' and I'm going, 'Who is this supposed to be for?' It's supposed to be for the kids, not for the judges."

Noll said it's frustrating to watch kids being told they're superstars when they're not yet.

"These kids believe every word that they're getting told and I worry about them because it's a bit dangerous for them," he said.

"I've sort of been through the highs and the lows of it and it's hard until you get there to be able to handle the part where people don't give a s*** about you anymore all of a sudden."

Even with sing-along smash hits like Drive, Shine and Lift, the past 13 years have been hard work for the country boy from Condobolin in central west NSW.

After a five-year hiatus between albums, Nolls' career has had a resurgence thanks to a younger crowd that's making memes and packing out shows.

His new single Who I Am, which Noll says has tongue-in-cheek references to his previous singles, is all about getting back on top.

"It's about getting back on the front foot and making it work and try not to make the mistakes I made the first time," Noll said.

The video clip was filmed at this year's Deni Ute Muster in front of a crowd of thousands of country music fans chanting 'Nollsie' and singing along.

"It's a great place to do it, especially with the references in the song and the crowd that's there. It all sort of fits together," he said.

* Shannon Noll's new single Who I Am is out now.

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