The singer-songwriter told DS that reality talent shows like The X Factor are not necessarily a bad thing for the music industry.
Macdonald said of such programmes: "In the past couple of years they've provided bands that people wanted - bands like JLS.
"We hadn't had a good boyband for years, so JLS coming along was definitely a good thing. It gave young people something to really love again and otherwise they'd have missed out on that experience."
Of her own musical influences, she added: "I absolutely loved Oasis, Ocean Colour Scene and Travis and all your Britpop music.
"I went to T In The Park, saw all the bands there and thought, 'I want to do this'. Now I listen to bands like Kasabian and The Killers too."
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