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Bob Seger: 'Watching American Idol is painful'

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Legendary rocker Bob Seger

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Bob Seger has admitted that he finds it "painful" to watch American Idol because he objects to aspiring musicians being judged.

The singer, who rose to fame in the 1970s with hits including 'Katmandu' and 'Night Moves', told Parade that he defies his own children by continuing to avoid the Fox reality competition even after former contestant Paul McDonald covered his track 'Old Time Rock and Roll'.

"My kids watch Glee and they watch American Idol," he said. "I don't watch American Idol. I'm just the last holdout maybe."

He added: "I admire what those kids do, but to me, the thing that is painful is the judging. So I kind of shy away from that show. But the talent is fantastic and they certainly have people come out of there."

Seger recently claimed that he is considering retiring from live performing after more than 45 years as a touring act.

American Idol airs Wednesdays and Thursdays on Fox.

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Watch Bob Seger and the Silver Bullet Band perform 'Hollywood Nights' below:

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