The five-time Grammy Award winner claims that the real musical flair was to be found in pubs and clubs, rather than on a 'preposterous' talent show.
"I am sorry but none of those kids are going to go anywhere, and I say that sadly," the Telegraph quoted him as telling London's Evening Standard. "They are humiliated when they get sent off. How appalling for a young person to feel that rejection. It is a soap opera, which has nothing to do with music. In fact, it has put music back decades. Television is very cynical," he added.
The Police hitmaker said he had kept an open mind to begin with but added: "Basically I was looking at televised karaoke where they conform to stereotypes. They are either Mariah Carey or Whitney Houston or Boyzone and are not encouraged to create any real unique signature or fingerprint."
"That cannot come from TV. The X Factor is a preposterous show and you have judges who have no recognisable talent apart from self-promotion, advising them what to wear and how to look. It is appalling," he added.
Sting said X Factor would never bring in the money generated by the music industry in the past, adding: "The real shop floor for musical talent is pubs and clubs, that is where the original work is. But they are being closed down on a daily basis. It is impossible to put an act on in a pub."