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'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

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  3. Click here for a recap on the first episode!