The 'Poison' star, who will headline the Second Stage at this weekend's Download festival, explained that he would like to see a talent competition that showcases real artistry.
Cooper wrote as a guest editor for the Daily Star's Playlist column: "Forget The X Factor. I'd like to see a TV show that discovers real songwriting rock genius. I'd call it Lunatic Fringe."
The 63-year-old rocker also praised modern popstars for putting on a show and breaking boundaries to entertain.
"Bands don't have attitude any more," he said. "They're all beige and have no showmanship. My generation was the opposite. Striving for normality was never an option.
"It's infinitely more fun watching somebody like Lady GaGa. The same with Katy Perry. She's got a great pop sense. Then you have Shakira, who is this bohemian animal."
Cooper went on to suggest that bands should be more creative with their concert attire, saying: "Rock has become too vanilla. Take Vampire Weekend: here's a great name for an act. If I was them I'd keep the squeaky clean music but have blood splashed over my shirt."
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