'American Idol' V. 'The Voice': Randy Jackson Calls The New Show 'Gimmicky!'

Fri, May 6, 2011 8:03pm EDT by 8 Comments

Is there a new feud in Hollywood? The ‘American Idol’ judge responds to a negative comment made by Adam Levine on this week’s episode of ‘The Voice’

Randy Jackson feels that all singing competition shows owe American Idol for their successful formula. In fact, he felt the need to respond to Adam Levine‘s comment from this week’s episode of The Voice, when he said, “The people that we’re not turning our chairs around for could win ‘American Idol‘.” NBC’s The Voice features a new take on an old show — the celebrity judges, Christina Aguilera, Blake Shelton, Cee Lo Green, and Adam Levine, all sat facing away from the contestants during their blind audition. In the coming weeks, the judges become coaches and train their respective teams in an attempt to win the competition.

The ratings prove that people were ready for a change from the typical reality competition show, because The Voice had approximately 11.8 million viewers its first night and beat out popular shows like Glee and Dancing with the Stars. Jealous, Randy?

Randy spoke to the The Hollywood Reporter and said, “It’s a great thing when talent can be simple, honest and revered as opposed to spinning around with gimmicky chairs. Maybe Simon Cowell should have people opening doors. Like, ‘Knock, knock; Who’s singing? I can’t see you!'”

No worries, though, he concluded by adding, “Look, none of these other shows could exist without somebody forging the path before them. I’m happy to say that Idol did that and paved the way.”

American Idol, which was originally a spin off of the UK’s Pop Idol, was successful in making a singing competition show with a multi-judge panel wildly popular in the US, so do you think that means The Voice should be grateful? Do you agree with Randy? Or completely disagree? You guys were neck and neck when we asked you which show you liked better, although the poll is currently leaning towards The Voice as a winner. Let us know your thoughts below!

–Brooke Peoples

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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Oswald

Posted at 3:16 AM on March 13, 2012  

Idol suck ,Because they judge from looks not voice

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Tins

Posted at 1:42 PM on June 18, 2011  

NEVER liked American Idol, I never watch it. But THE VOICE!!!! I LOVE IT and can’t wait till its back on. My entire family feels the same way. And really like how they go live. THE VOICE ROCKS!!!

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Jane Winter

Posted at 11:30 PM on May 12, 2011  

America got this one wrong. Thought James should have been one of the last two and it would either be Scotty or Lauren.

Not a fan of Haley.

Wish James the best and hope he lands a contract for making records & entertaining and becames very successful in the music field.
AMERCIA VOTED OFF THE WRONG ONE.

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steve

Posted at 7:10 PM on May 15, 2011  

AMERICA DID GET IT WRONG

I think James was voted off wrongly. I think it was another case of Chris Allen and ADam Lambert, I felt that Chris was the underdog, and america new Adam could make it without Idol but believed that Chris needed the title to get to where he wanted to be. I felt adam should have won but i knew win or lose Adam would land on his feet and he did, and no effort on his part either. He has a great deal of talent, who do you here more about adam or chris, simple ADAM. The same even though james did not make it to the finals he has a fantastic talent that is very alluring to the public, he makes his fans leaving wanting more, he will make it for in my eyes he is a winner already. And in the future he will not disappoint his fans at all. As for as the last three standing , I believe the one with the most talent is Scotty, Hailey is a spoiled brat and has no respect for people that are profesionals. I believe Aliana is not ready for this big step. Scotty, has proved himself over and over again. Yes he has been in the bottom three but i think america play head games to just dump on james at the last moment. Shame america. Scotty has what it takes to be a star and perfoemer and will go along ways as did carrie underwood, we need another country star and this is the year. Vote for Scotty. He’s the winner.

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NATUREGIRL

Posted at 6:19 AM on May 7, 2011  

SOUR GRAPES OBVIOUSLY. AMERICAN IDOL HAVE GONE TO THE DOGS. IT HAS GOTTEN SO STUPID WITH ITS TWIST & TURNS IT’S NOT T HE SAME ANYMORE.. THEN THE VOICE CAME ALONG AND BOTH NIGHTS WHEN THEY WERE ON AT THE SAME TIME THE VOICE BEAT A.I. ENVY! ENVY! ENVY!

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Marcia

Posted at 1:14 AM on May 7, 2011  

He needs to get over himself. American Idol was a copy of a hit English show. It was no trailblazer, at least not the version of it that he’s participated in. All shows have gimmicks – they’re just trying to be entertaining. What does he call all of the novelty acts and tone deaf singers at the start of Idol then? They’re a total gimmick, and an extremely tired one at that. Idol is predictable and dull now – people want other things to watch after 10 years. It can’t expect to be “the show” forever. I enjoyed The Voice – it’s more raw & it gets ‘to the point’ far quicker. Plus the judges/coaches, over all, have way more singing credibility than the Idol judges. Hmm, would I want to have Jennifer Lopez critique my singing or ‘the voice of my generation’?

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Jenn

Posted at 10:40 PM on May 6, 2011  

Randy needs to get over it.. American Idol IS stale.. they keep making changes to their judges cause they need something fresh.. because AI Is NOT fresh.. not new. Whats gimmicky about pure talent? How many people did Simon Cowel tell they didnt have “the look”.
Everyone is entitled to their opinion.. Adam doesnt like Idol.. he says what he thinks.. always has, always will.

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Tins

Posted at 1:46 PM on June 18, 2011  

My family and I have become big fans of Adam L. since THE VOICE has come out. My 8 year old boy really likes him. A. Idol IS DEAD!!!

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