Gene Simmons isn't one to keep his opinions to himself, and the KISS bass guitarist recently criticized judges of reality singing competitions for being too kind.
"You can't sugarcoat s--t, pardon me," the singer said. "You can mentor anyone you like, but it's a waste of time if they don't have the goods intrinsically."
The 65-year-old is preparing to launch his own reality show, "Coliseum," which challenges contestants to form rock bands, and the recent Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee plans on being brutally honest with his competitors.
"We want to open the trapdoors of life and get tough. There will be heartbreak, and people are going to cry and their dreams will be shattered, just like in real life," the reality TV veteran shared.
Ultimately, Gene understands why programs like "American Idol" and "The Voice" shy away from negativity. "TV shows are fantasy because they're selling soap suds. It's family entertainment, it's primetime, the kids are there, and they don't want to get too realistic," he said.
But expect "Coliseum," which will focus on both vocal talent and stage presence, to be completely different. "We want to create superstars, not just singers that get record deals," Gene told The Hollywood Reporter.