'American Idol' Vs 'The Voice' — Which Do You Prefer? Vote!

Wed, May 4, 2011 8:52pm EST by 44 Comments

‘The Voice’ is pulling in high ratings, but will it become more popular than ‘American Idol’? YOU decide?

The Voice is a popular singing competition so comparisons to American Idol are inevitable. Even Adam Levine brought it up last night (full recap here), saying, “The people we’re not turning around our chairs for, could win American Idol.” Don’t make the mistake of shrugging off The Voice as just another Idol-wannabe. Last night’s episode soared in the ratings , pulling in even bigger numbers than its super-successful premiere.

That being said, American Idol has proven itself this season as well. Despite the loss of Simon Cowell, Idol continues to be a top-watched series with new judges Jennifer Lopez and Steven Tyler.

Idol and Voice have big differences. Notable ones include:

  • How they choose their talent. The Voice pre-selects and allows professional singers while Idol hosts open auditions and doesn’t allow professionals to try out.
  • The Voice places emphasis on the actual voice of the contestants through blind auditions, while Idol does take personal appearances and performances into consideration. Who knows how this will change when The Voice progresses.
  • On The Voice the judges are actually coaches who select individual teams and individually help them throughout the process. The trio of judges on Idol are not particularly biased towards one contestant over another and they do not have teams.

There are many more differences of course, but essentially the shows do have the same goal in common: help America vote for their favorite singer who should win the competition.

But right now, it isn’t about the contestants. It is about the two shows going neck-and-neck! We understand it may be difficult to compare since Idol has many years on Christina Aguilera‘s new series but judging from what you have seen so far — which show do you prefer? Vote and leave your comments below!

Lorena O’Neil

Want to know more about ‘The Voice’? Click below!

  1. Click here for a full recap on the second episode!
  2. Click here to read why Lorena loves Christina on ‘The Voice’!
  3. Click here for a recap on the first episode!

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Robert Crabtree Sr.

Posted at 10:23 PM on March 24, 2014  

The Voice is hands down the best show out there. There just isn’t any singers on A I that could make it on the Voice. Here’s the bottom line,after Simon left the show it went down hill. I can’t stand listing to the judges go into great detail about the performances and picking everything they do apart,that belongs behind the scenes to help get them better not on the show. The show has become as much about what the judges think than it does about singing
. Thank God for fast forward.

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Dkt

Posted at 11:17 PM on December 16, 2013  

I stopped liking the Voice tonight when I found out that they allow professionals which the Idol does not. I like shows for amateurs and shows that are fair. I like the format of the Voice the best but not so for allowing pro’s. Back in the late 80’s there was Star Search, the first of the reality music shows and that format was excellent. I guess though that I will go back to Monday Night football since the Voice is a pro show and catch up also on two broken girls and forgo reality singing shows which are stacked it appears.

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Endri

Posted at 9:21 PM on March 18, 2012  

None of them, X Factor offers much more than both shows, if I had to chose I would chose The Voice, people please realize that even though NBC by cheating brought The Voice quicker in America, it doesn’t mean that it came before The X Factor, The Voice came first in Netherlands 2 years ago, while X Factor came in England 9 years ago, X Factor has always had categories, has always had mentors, The Voice simply copied that. Now X Factor is a better entertainment show, it has the huge production, the best voices, the best artists from all ages, from hip-hop to rap, to r&b to groups. X Factor has had extremley successful artists cause it embraces the real deal, while the Voice simply not, it might take 5 years for The Voice to produce a star, while to The X Factor it takes just 1 season, and there you go, this season 8 artists were signed by major labels, while The U.K editions has produced the best singer to come from a talent show, Leona Lewis, and the huge boy band that currently are number 1 on the U.S , One Direction, now we are not comparing the success X Factor U.K acts have had in Europe which is huge and insane, but just saying wait for X Factor U.S.A acts after they release their albums and singles.

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Brandi

Posted at 9:34 PM on March 5, 2012  

I think the voice will win!! I love you Jordan ranger!! I’m a fan of yours!! Lol

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ika

Posted at 12:29 AM on June 28, 2012  

Alright im watching amacerin idol and i love the song this guy just sang, he made it his darker skinned and it was like im here waiting for yea idk idk idk then it ws like one minute of your love?Really a loving song.

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Peter

Posted at 1:30 AM on June 30, 2012  

No Victoria? That’s it, I’m not watching any more. First X facotr denied me Gamu, and now American Idol dumps Victoria. Is it a coincidence that they were both very avid and devout Christians?

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Chris

Posted at 2:22 AM on February 29, 2012  

AI is simply getting old. It’s the same old show year after year. Of course it did well in the past years…It was the only exclusive singing show airing. AI had a great track record because it was new and different…now it’s old and sad. It’s just a matter of time before the Voice will bump AI out of the #1 slot. Why you ask: The Voice does everything American Idol does and more…America votes for their favorite contestant-yup Voice does that. Auditions-Voice does that too. Judges-the Voice has 4, AI 3!!! Amateurs can audition with AI- Voice allows amateurs and professionals. Contestants get coached-The Voice has real current singers coaching while AI has teachers…TEACHERS COME ON LOL. The voice is THE true singing competition. AI sadly has become a teenaged girl popularity contest.

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vivien

Posted at 12:28 PM on February 24, 2012  

I haven’t watched Idol in the last 5 seasons and I used to love it, but I feel like everyone just sounds the same after a while. If I’m watching a talent show, then it has to be The Voice since the concept of it I like and the talent is interesting. Otherwise, I really prefer to go online and check out contests like MakeAStar where the talent is really uncensored and they actually sing their own music.

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claire

Posted at 10:47 PM on February 13, 2012  

The Voice is way way way better than American Idole .
I don’t really watch Idole anymore , just check the auditions when i can and Hollywood week and enough of this boring show with bad singers

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Brook

Posted at 11:37 PM on February 11, 2012  

The voice is better. I used to love American Idol but since Simon left and the new judges came in, I do like them but they don’t have chemistry like the coaches on The voice. Simon said that Jennifer hudson was too fat to be the winner and make it, but look at her now. The voice gives people chances, lets them be who they are and that they aren’t judged on their looks just their voice. This is my opinion.

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Jimc

Posted at 11:30 AM on October 25, 2011  

American Idol is WAY BETTER…

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Chelsi

Posted at 8:30 PM on July 5, 2011  

3 words!..Idol is better!…sorry but The Voice is sooooooo boring!

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rebecca

Posted at 7:21 PM on July 5, 2011  

my opinion is that american idol is way better than the voice because for one american idol has been around a lot longer and they actually focus on singing as where the voice pretty much talks about sexual things the whole time and its not even about the “VOICE”!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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claire

Posted at 10:55 PM on February 13, 2012  

What – Voice show – did you watch ? or what substance did you use ? their is no talk about sex on the Voice and the Voice is about the Voice . Simon Crowell is the one who seems to let his dick choose the contestant ! i know , he is on no more on Idole , he is on the X now .

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Chris

Posted at 2:26 AM on February 29, 2012  

The voice talks about sex??? Where is Steven Tyler judging again?????????

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Chris

Posted at 2:29 AM on February 29, 2012  

The voice talks about sex??? Where does Steven Tyler work again???

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Nicole

Posted at 5:41 PM on June 24, 2011  

People who say that The Voice will never be as popular as American Idol are idiots. Look at the poll, it already is more popular than American Idol. 66.29% of people who have taken the poll like The Voice and only 33.71% of people like American Idol. The Voice is different, fresh, entertaining, the people can sing way better than anyone on American Idol can and the judges are WAYYYY BETTER. Plus, the judges actually help the artists unlike Idol. The Idol is out and The Voice is in whether people like it or not.

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Isaiah

Posted at 3:05 AM on May 27, 2014  

Oh really??? How come The Voice can’t produce superstars like Kelly Clarkson, Carrie Underwood, Jordin Sparks, David Cook, David Archuleta, Adam Lambert, Clay Aiken, Jennifer Hudson, Phillip Phillips, Fantasia Barrino, Rubben Studdard, Scotty McCreery and Kris Allen? The Voice can’t top the number of superstars Idol produces, Seriously The Voice is in just because of the judges panel? Judges on Idol are WAYYYYY WAYYYY WAYYYY BETTER than judges in The Voice.

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Denny

Posted at 5:33 PM on June 22, 2011  

Seriously the contestants on AI are much more superior in talent. Many people on the voice are not a package timid unconvincing, the screening needs to be tough to have a quality show> I cannot bekieve some of the people who got let in. The wild card persons should never have been there in the first place. The pool of greats need to be wider next time> They were selected initialy for a reason, because none where considered or deserved a shot. This could be a winner if the talent was on par.

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Chris

Posted at 2:33 AM on February 29, 2012  

You’re comparing the Voice in their first season vs AI with multiple season as far as talent. Are you serious? No one knew of the Voice. It was their first season!!! Of course the talent will be weaker in the first season. Now compare AI’s first season to that of the Voice’s 1st season and then make an argument. I’m confident I will not get a intelligent reply LMAO.

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Seriously

Posted at 8:42 AM on May 16, 2011  

I like Idol and the Voice, but the Voice will not ever be as popular and here’s why. Let’s say I wanted to put out a new women’s magazine featuring regular everyday women. I have the best articles in the world, but on the cover and among the pages are regular everyday size 10 women. Guess what? My magazine will not do well and I’ll fail. Why would my “regular women” magazine fail – because the other women’s magazines have sexy superstars on their cover and inside their pages. People buy what’s sexy because it makes them feel sexy. Now looking at the Voice – they have an old super butch lesbian, a boy who could be 300 pounds, an old bald guy, a geeky looking cowboy among some other “non-hotties”. Now they might be great people and have great voices – but who is going to buy their music. Part of selling an album is having that “package”. Look at the judges – they are all hot except for Cee-Lo and Cee-Lo mostly produces as his albums had weak sales. Idol gives youth, beauty and a voice which will win over just having a Voice.

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Bruce

Posted at 11:09 AM on May 7, 2011  

I like the fact that The Voice gives singers a chance regardless of appearances as noted by several posts; however the next round will bring in that aspect. If you dont believe it look at your world, from elementary school through high school, a little less in college, and then decreasing a little more as age and maturity progresses. How many of the “popular” were not physically attractive ? Not many. Face it, America likes hot bodies, beauty, stage personality, and a maby a voice ? But if the success of Gene Simmons is any indication voice does not mean much.
I know who will win this but dont want to “jinx” her so will not offer my opinion.
bruce

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Harris

Posted at 2:14 AM on June 30, 2012  

Hey SFASTER I see that UR fanatical Halien macinhe coordinated a 28 thumbs up to trash me for supporting Lauren, on Lauren’s own site & for exposing UR Kabal (UR repeatedly posing FALSELY as a rep of the Suddeth family, when UR an addict for Haley). U vowed JLO wud be voted off AI for supporting Lauren, b/ JLO is back with a 20 mill dollar deal for praising Lauren’s PHENOMENAL TALENT. How R U dealilng with that? Please seek professional help to address UR issues of lying/colluding/ distorting.

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nellie

Posted at 4:40 PM on May 5, 2011  

I like both Idol and the Voice, but the Voice is much better for audition rounds. We’ll see when it gets down to the voting. There’s no way to know until we get through a season.

I’m team Adam all the way!

(PS I miss Simon. The judges on AI this year are all drinking the same rainbows and butterflys koolaid, and it’s annoying!)

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Brook

Posted at 11:38 PM on February 11, 2012  

Totally agree with you! Also i’m team Adam too!!!!!

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Philli

Posted at 6:23 AM on May 5, 2011  

The contestants of AMERICAN IDOL are good but love the concept of THE VOICE. American Idol judges just say something to say something and one judge just repeats what another judge says but judges from The Voice have to put their claim down and they compete among themselves.

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tori

Posted at 11:43 AM on July 9, 2011  

bs the only bad thing the coaches said about another person all season was when they were bickering with other coaches about themselves. i did not hear one coach dislike a contestants performance all season. at least the judges gave some occasional criticism on idol. those coaches on the voice make the idol judges look like three simon cowells from the early seasons

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Chris

Posted at 2:39 AM on February 29, 2012  

That is the most idiotic comment I have read tonight. You’re obviously not educated about both shows. The judges are the coaches on the Voice. They will not criticize their team member on live TV. They are their to support them. Criticisms will come behind the scenes while coaching. Remember the coaches want to win as much as the contestants. Adam won last season because his singer was voted the best.

Please educate yourself before you make another ridiculous comment.

 
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Stacy

Posted at 5:39 AM on May 5, 2011  

The Voice is BORING and is unlikely to produce a major star. People are “liking” it only because it’s something different from Idol. Also, the Voice constantly openly dissing Idol in order to push themselves up; very petty and arrogant. And BORING.

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Azalia

Posted at 9:14 PM on May 5, 2011  

American Idol has become one of the most prejudice shows of all time. They kick all minorities off right from the beginning. The only reason they have 2 minority judges is to cover for the fact that they will never have more than maybe 3 or 4 minorities at a time and they will “never again in history allow a minority to win again. I only watched it as long as I did this time to see how long they would keep their one and only minority on. Don’t be fooled, America’s votes still don’t count, they pick who they want. At least the Voice does give minorities a chance. I am finished, capoot, so through with American Idol. No wonder Simon and Paula are not there anymore! That show is full of CRAP!!!!

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rizzo

Posted at 7:28 AM on May 6, 2011  

So you’ve made up a race issue….you are an idiot. Congratulations you’ve won the goofiest blogger award.

 
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Steven

Posted at 3:14 AM on May 25, 2011  

Shut the f up Rizzdumb!

 
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Kyle

Posted at 3:16 AM on May 25, 2011  

Your wrong!!!!!!!!!American Idol is fing wack and boring. It’s old news. It’s time for something new, interesting, and not fake and phony like that stupid show American Idol. Get your facts straight lady!

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Kyle

Posted at 3:17 AM on May 25, 2011  

Your wrong!!!!!!!!!American Idol is fing wack and boring. It’s old news. It’s time for something new, interesting, and not fake and phony like that stupid show American Idol. Get your facts straight lady!

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Max

Posted at 2:20 AM on May 5, 2011  

The Voice is new & fresh. Time for Idol to be shelved – it’s had its day in the sun but now it’s feeling stale. The coaches/judges on The Voice have far more credibility over all. Christina is arguably the only singer on either show who would win as a competitor. Cee-Lo Green hinted that they are going to be developing the contestants with original music too. That would be fun to see rather than just a karaoke contest. I’m also enjoying not really knowing how the competition will flow in the coming weeks.

I wonder how Simon Cowell is feeling about the early success of The Voice? Is there room for a third big singing show? Cheryl Cole and the like can hardly compete with Christina A and the other coaches for name recognition and credibility.

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Anne Porter

Posted at 1:38 AM on May 5, 2011  

The Voice is full of fun and energy and the judges are great because they are supportive and helpful. American Idol is already old. The Voice is a refreshing and new change. Christina’s voice, youth and energy are far superior than old fart Jennifer Lopez.

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Tanya

Posted at 12:38 AM on May 5, 2011  

“The Voice” is such a cheesy show. Game show structure makes it such an eye roller. I’m not much of an American Idol fan, but watching an episode of The Voice made me squirm from how corny the spinning chairs and sound effects are and how arrogant the judges can get (ie: dragging out the time to turn around, listening to the audience scream “PUSH THE BUTTON WHEE”. Give me a break, people). On a separate note, did Christina gain weight? I’m seeing a double chin.

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Stacy

Posted at 5:42 AM on May 5, 2011  

Exactly! Finally somebody reasonable on this forum.

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Brenda

Posted at 11:02 PM on May 4, 2011  

The Voice is much better than Idol! If they were both on at the same time, I’d watch The Voice hands down. The judges on Idol are idiots. None of the judges are that great to begin with in their own rite — they waiver back/forth so much on what they “want” from the contestants – and then throw in Jimmy and others “advising them” and the contestants are so confused about trying to please all of them – there’s no way. “Oh!you need to be doing something like this artist”…then when they do cover something, “that song can never be done like the original artist did it, you shouldn’t even try”…AI judges have the same annoying comments over and over again…”Dog! You Slayed that” “Just beautiful” and Steven’s fried his brain so much on drugs that he doesn’t make sense half the time anyway. I’m glad that something else has come along – the talent is much better on The Voice and so far – I think the celebrity coaches on The Voice will make it a show worth watching…Idol seems to have gotten to the point that it’s almost “fake” and just out for some kind of gimmick or “dramatic” moment to pull in ratings and the results shows keep trying to make it “shocking” and it’s just old….

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Anne Porter

Posted at 9:40 PM on May 4, 2011  

The Voice has better judges than American Idol period! Christina Aguilera is young, fun and sweet while crappy singer and old fart Jennifer Lopez still mediocre as a judge of American Ido.

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Jane

Posted at 10:34 PM on May 4, 2011  

you are absolutely right…American Idol judges stink….what a waste of millions..the average joe could do better…The voice should be opposite AI and beat the $$$ out of them….

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Joseph

Posted at 2:30 PM on May 5, 2011  

Exactly. Randy Jackson does what again? Its like this is his only job because America’s Best Dance Crew is crap, and I don’t hear about him anywhere else. Jennifer Lopez isn’t a strong singer, that’s just it. She can dance like hell, but the singer isn’t there. Steven Tyler is a legend, but he isn’t relevant to this time. American Idol needs these 3 as Judges.

1. Solange Knowles- She knows about singing more than any of the current judges, and she can sing the hell out of Jennifer Lopez.
2. Jason Mraz- He is a good singer, song writer, and performer. He’d definitely be a good match for the show in bringing up and unknown, unseasoned singer.
3. Dangermouse or Timbaland- They both make hits, and they are some of the most well known producers in America. We couldn’t go wrong with them.

The problem though is that America, being the idiots we are, won’t like seeing actual talented people, relevant judges on the show. American Idol won’t last that long after this year. I give it to 2012 when Seacrest is done. They’ll probably bring American Idol back on Fox in the future after Simon Fuller, the creator of the show, works out a new format and different name for it.

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Debbie

Posted at 5:41 PM on February 21, 2012  

I just found this article online and was reading a few noteable differences between the voice and American Idol and found one point very interesting and I think contradictory.

How they choose their talent. The Voice pre-selects and allows professional singers while Idol hosts open auditions and doesn’t allow professionals to try out.

The above statement is not completely true as American Idol has allowed several contestants to try out and some have gone almost all the way “Adam Lambert” case in point, who have been singing professionally before trying out for American Idol.

 
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Paulina

Posted at 8:03 PM on June 27, 2012  

Rachel brought it this time. I think JLo was prblaoby satisfied with this performance.Thia & Casey also get my vote. But what about Alyson Jados, my other favorite? We didn’t get to see/hear her sing this time and I saw her in the group standing behind Victoria.

 
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