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'Idol' falls short of title, Grammy winner believes

Recent Grammy winner John Mayer admits he likes "American Idol," but he thinks the show doesn't live up to its title.

"I believe the reason why you can't ever find a true American idol on that show is because a true American idol would have too much respect to ever do that show," the guitarist told The Associated Press in a recent interview.

"And that's not knocking the show — I think it's hilarious and great — but you are not searching all of America. You are searching all of America without the integrity enough to say, 'That's not the way I want to make it."'

Mayer's debut album, "Room for Squares," has sold more than 2 million copies, much of that based on word of mouth for the singer-songwriter, who doesn't conform to today's pop norms.

The 25-year-old says true artists wouldn't even bother to audition for a show like "American Idol" — and he's one of them.

"I would rather live to be 80 and (have) sold zero records rather than be standing the way someone told me to stand," he said.