‘Pop Idol’ judge Pete Waterman tells New magazine the second season of the competition convinced him to quit because he feels bad about how Michelle McManus was treated after winning. “I think what we did to Michelle was appalling,” he said. “We should have been taken off the air. She didn’t have a great voice and she was grossly overweight. But we made her believe that she was talented enough to win, when she never was. That makes us guilty of lying to the public.”
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