Singer and actress Bette Midler has hit out at modern female pop singers, calling them "characterless".
Midler criticised singers who lip-synched onstage
Midler, 59, criticised modern singers for lip-synching on stage.
"It's a strange time, I don't want to say it's the dark ages for music but it's not such a great time," she told reporters in Australia.
She said: "It's kind of hard to tell the characters apart." Midler is in Australia for her first tour there for 26 years.
'Im not retiring'
Midler's latest show features her singing alongside a horn section. She said she would never lip-synch her way through performances, a charge she has levelled at younger singers.
"I just can't do that... I guess because I came up singing and dancing at the same time, to me it's not so frightening, for a lot of kids it is, for the younger ones it's scary," she said.
Asked is she was thinking about an end of her performing career, she said: "I'm not retiring, and you can't make me."
Midler also dismissed rumours she was set to appear opposite Britney Spears in a film called In the Pink.
"Oh, that'll never happen," she said, saying the film had not been put into development.
Midler, a cabaret and musical stalwart, has appeared in films such as Beaches and Ruthless People.