‘Pop Idol’ season two winner Michelle McManus has responded to Elton John’s rant about ‘Idol’ and ‘X Factor’. “They’re given an awful sense of stardom and pressure straight away but are only successful until the next series,” Elton explained to The Mirror. “The record companies sell a lot of records and those people are gone. It’s fu**ing cruel. Look at Michelle McManus. She’s a really good singer and now she’s forgotten.” McManus told The Mirror, “I found it a really positive experience and a great opportunity. I’ve got new management now and my own radio show. Plus I’m getting stuck into my second album.”
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