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Sharon Stone praises Lily-Rose Depp, The Weeknd for ‘The Idol’ performances

The show has generated plenty of discussion since premiering at the Cannes Film Festival.

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Sharon Stone praises Lily-Rose Depp, The Weeknd for ‘The Idol’ performances

Count Sharon Stone amongst those who are fans of ‘The Idol’ after the actress praised both Lily-Rose Depp and The Weeknd for their performances in the show.

The show stars Depp as a pop star trying to make a comeback after having a breakdown, and Stone was nothing but complimentary of her and The Weeknd, real name Abel Tesfaye, in her Instagram Stories.

“I just watched the first two episodes of @theidol @lilyrose_depp and Abel (@theweeknd) r so sure footed,” the “Basic Instinct” the 65-year-old wrote on Friday.

She also praised director and co-creator Sam Levinson, writing: “#SamLevinson addresses the root of crisis in entertainment; Which comes first the brilliance or the heartache?”

The show premiered at the Cannes Film Festival, where it garnered mixed reviews, with many slamming it for its gratuitous nudity.

“Rarely does a scene go by without the camera showing flashes of her breasts or ass,” the Hollywood Reporter wrote about Depp in a review, adding: “You start to wonder if this is building to anything, and by episode two it seems likely that it’s probably not.”

Variety wrote: “Revenge porn photos of bodily fluids on Depp’s face, masturbation with ice cubes, nightclub-owning scam artists and vile Hollywood sycophants populated the first two episodes of the already-controversial series.”

The reviews come after a Rolling Stone article from earlier this year in which 13 alleged members of the series’ cast and crew expressed their discomfort with the show and Levinson’s creative direction.

“It was like any rape fantasy that any toxic man would have in the show — and then the woman comes back for more because it makes her music better,” one production member told the magazine.

Another added: “It was like, ‘What is this? What am I reading here?’ It was like sexual torture porn.”

Depp disputed those claims, telling Page Six: “Sam is, for so many reasons, the best director I have ever worked with.”

As for her character on the show, she told Entertainment Tonight that she drew inspiration from several fictional people.

“We actually drew from a lot of other influences that are not pop stars,” she said.

“We thought a lot about Sharon Stone in ‘Basic Instinct’ and the Gene Tierneys and Lauren Bacalls … all of these women that were very inspiring to me for the role.”