The competition between FOX's The X Factor
and NBC's The Voice
is about to intensify next week as both reality shows go head-to-head with a live performance show
. However, that doesn't mean that tension isn't already brewing.
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The Voice vs. The X Factor
coaches Christina Aguilera and Adam Levine have both taken aim at The X Factor
judge and producer Simon Cowell for his harsh approach in judging contestants. "I've not actually seen a full episode of any of the other music shows. I saw the commercials early on of American Idol
of Simon being a d**k. I was like, 'Man, that's not what it's about!' I didn't want to treat people like that. I wanted to do The Voice
to show that we can be positive. We don't have to knock people down," Aguilera said at the Billboard/Hollywood Reporter Music Conference
On the other hand, Levine criticized The X Factor for having "premeditated, scripted" content. "It doesn't make any sense to us to ever intentionally hurt somebody's feelings. That's not the business that we're in. I think the main thing that sets us apart is we're not there to laugh [at people] and make people feel stupid. That's the biggest difference ... I think there's just a really good, genuine, positive feeling that the show exudes that people really respond to," he said at a New York City press conference for The Voice.
"And by the way, another thing that makes our show different is that nothing is scripted," the Maroon 5 vocalist added. "There are no gags. There are no premeditated 'Let's get ratings by doing some stupid sh*t.' That doesn't happen on our show. Every single word that I say I've been very sure, very careful -- all of us have -- from the very beginning, those are really words that we say because we feel we want to say them. No one ever feels like we're putting on a show. We just feel like we're coaching these amazing singers and having a lot of fun. I think not just the positivity but the chemistry between all of us is kind of infectious. I really, genuinely believe that's why people respond to the show so well."
Cowell has been very vocal about his intent to "destroy the competition" though based on the numbers so far, The Voice has beaten The X Factor in the racing race.
Extended Time Delay Rumors
Many critics thought Britney Spears wouldn't be able to handle her judging duties on The X Factor
but so far, she has proved her detractors wrong. But now that the live show is about to kick off on Wednesday, the show's bosses are reportedly "nervous" about how she'll perform. According to the Mail Online
, the show's bosses have asked for an extended time delay, following allegations made recently to Spears by former manager Sam Lufti about her health and about being a former drug addict.
According to a source, "Britney has been getting her life back together this year. Everyone around her has worked hard to get her back to a good place and keep her there, and what Lufti's doing seems like it might undo their good work. With no room for mistakes to be made once the live shows starts, it is thought that the show's big wigs want to take precautions. It's not surprising people are concerned, it's going to be a huge test for her and there's a lot of pressure, in fact producers have had meetings to discuss having an extended time delay on the live show broadcast which is usually seven seconds delay."
What do you think of the rivalry between The Voice and The X Factor? And should The X Factor implement an extended time delay for the live show episodes?
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