Anticipating that NBC will run a season of The Voice in the Fall, X Factor boss, Simon Cowell, remains unfazed, “If I’m right, ‘The Voice’ is now going to compete with us in the fall. You have to rethink things even more than we were a couple of weeks ago… ’cause now it’s war.”
“I really am up for that. I think it’s crazy, but if that’s what they want to do, then we have to be better.”
On having Grammy winning music artists as judges: “I would ask [them] (referring to the show itself) how many hit records have they made… how many artists have they discovered. That’s where we have to be different on our judging panel. It’s very important that you have people on the panel who have actually signed and made artists successful all over the world, not just have had hits yourself. That’s why you have a judging panel. I was kind of surprised at that.”
Simon is irked that he’s not getting credit for being the first to use “mentors” on a singing competition,: “Everyone thinks that ‘The Voice’ started this whole mentoring thing. It’s complete nonsense. Our [UK] show was on years before then and we were always different from other shows because our judges were mentors. Then they come out before us in America and they have mentors. But that was copied from us.”
Simon clarifies his “Bloodbath” comments. Hm: “I was slightly misquoted when I said there was going to be a bloodbath. I wasn’t actually referring to the ‘X Factor’ having a bloodbath. I said, ‘The whole market will be a bloodbath because everyone wants to be in this market now’ and certain people are going to suffer because of it. You have to make sure you’re not one of the ones that’s going to suffer and the only way around this is — and I’ve been in this business for many, many [years]. You make better shows; you make them more interesting. You make changes. You have to be unpredictable and you have to find stars. That’s what it’s all about.”
Simon defends Madonna, throws shade on Elton: “”It sounds unnecessarily b***hy. To be fair, Madonna is making better albums than Elton John right now. I’m kind of in Madonna’s corner.”
Simon must be enraged that The Voice got to the US first. If the two shows go head to head, I predict total victory for The Voice.