Chris Daughtry says “American Idol,” which begins its seventh season tonight, is in “a state of decline.” Daughtry, one of the show’s most famous losers who went on to become a major rock star, told “Rolling Stone”:

I feel like it’s definitely lacking some credibility at this point. It’s in a state of decline and if they don’t do something about it, it’s probably not gonna last too much longer. I’m sure that’ll be used against me, but that’s the truth, you know?

Daughtry blames the show’s woes partially on its emphasis on untalented singers.

People get tired of seeing people that suck. It’s funny at first, but come on. They spend three weeks on people that can’t sing, and that’s what they’re banking it on. [They should] find some people that you can really invest in.