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American Idol Season 11 vs. The Voice Season 2



American Idol, titled American Idol: The Search for a Superstar for the first season, is a reality television singing competition created by Simon Fuller and produced by FremantleMedia North America and 19 Entertainment. It began airing on Fox on June 11, 2002 as an addition to the Idol franchise based on the UK show Pop Idol, and became one of the most popular shows in the history of American television. As of 2011, it is the most watched TV series in the Nielsen ratings and the only program to have been number one for seven consecutive seasons, surpassing All in the Family and The Cosby Show, which were both number one for five consecutive seasons.

The concept of the series is to find new solo recording artists where the winner is determined by the viewers. Through telephone, Internet, and SMS text voting, viewers have chosen as winners Kelly Clarkson, Ruben Studdard, Fantasia Barrino, Carrie Underwood, Taylor Hicks, Jordin Sparks, David Cook, Kris Allen, Lee DeWyze and Scotty McCreery.

The series employs a panel of judges who critique the contestants' performances. The original three judges were Grammy Award-winning record producer and music manager Randy Jackson, Grammy Award-winning pop singer and Emmy Award-winning choreographer Paula Abdul and award-winning music executive and music manager Simon Cowell. The judging panel currently consists of Jackson, Grammy and Golden Globe nominated singer/actress and record producer Jennifer Lopez and Aerosmith frontman and Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter Steven Tyler. Other judges who have been a part of the show are Grammy Award-winning songwriter Kara DioGuardi and talk show personality and comedian Ellen DeGeneres. From the start, the show has been hosted by radio DJ Ryan Seacrest.

The show was described by rival TV executives as "the most impactful show in the history of television." It has also become a recognized springboard for launching the career of many artists as bona fide stars. As Entertainment Weekly puts it, "It's given us Kelly, Carrie, Daughtry, and J. Hud. Idol rules the reality roost because the winners of Fox's ratings juggernaut actually do go on to greatness. And Taylor Hicks? He's the exception that proves the rule.



The Voice is an American reality talent show that premiered on April 26, 2011 on the NBC television network. Based on the reality singing competition The Voice of Holland, the series was created by Dutch television producer John de Mol. It is part of an international series. The Voice immediately proved to be a hit for NBC and in May 2011, it was confirmed that the network had renewed the show for a second season, set to premiere on February 5, 2012.

The Voice is based on the Dutch TV program The Voice of Holland. The series is part of The Voice franchise and is based on a similar competition format in The Netherlands entitled The Voice of Holland won by Ben Saunders. The first American series was hosted by Carson Daly, with Alison Haislip serving as the backstage and social networking correspondent. The winner received $100,000 and a record deal with Universal Republic.

Let's see who will reign supreme as these two much-hyped singing competition airs neck and neck.

American Idol starts airing Wednesdays and Thursdays on FOX January 18 (June 19 MNL Time) and on the other hand The Voice is set to premiere on February 5, 2012 over NBC's Monday night line-up right on a slot immediately following the network's coverage of Super Bowl XLVI, which is used by US TV Networks as a good lead in for promoting new programs.

So who do you think will pull it off in terms of Audience ratings and of course, talent? Let's all find out then. :bop:


  • "American Idol" producers unconcerned about competition


    LOS ANGELES (Reuters)- "American Idol" producers and judges said on Sunday they were unconcerned about competition from new reality singing shows "The Voice" and "The X Factor," as they prepared to go into their 11th season, while host Ryan Seacrest's future with the show was left unanswered.

    "Idol" executive producer Ken Warwick called the show the "gold standard" in the latest crop of reality singing talent shows on television and that it was still the path to stardom for singers.

    "Leona Lewis (winner of UK's 'X Factor') was a one and a half hit star for ten minutes, but there's no Kelly Clarksons, Carrie Underwoods, Jennifer Hudsons - they are real stars and none of these other shows are producing these," said Warwick at the Television Critics Association panel in Los Angeles on Sunday.

    "Idol" is still America's most watched show despite predictions by "X Factor" creator Simon Cowell the US version would topple it from its perch. "X Factor" audiences have been about half those of "Idol."

    Aerosmith rocker Steven Tyler and pop star Jennifer Lopez were brought in to replace Cowell as a judge on "Idol" last year while Cowell went on to helm the U.S. version of "The X Factor," taking fellow judge Paula Abdul to the judging panel with him.

    "Simon and Paula are dear friends of ours and they started this whole "Idol" tradition with us. I think "Idol" is still the best TV show of its kind anywhere, we're the original, we invented this game that everyone's now copying," said judge Randy Jackson.

    Host Ryan Seacrest, whose contract with "Idol" is up for renewal amid reports in the media that his other contract with NBC Universal may see him replacing Matt Lauer on the "Today" show, emphasized intentions to stay with "Idol."

    "I love this show, I've been a part of it for so many years, I can't imagine life without American Idol," said Seacrest, adding that he didn't see himself hosting any other talent show for now, but refused to comment further.

    "He's an enormous part of the show, our expectation is that he is going to be on the show for as long as we can get him to be on it," said Mike Darnell, president of alternative entertainment at Fox.

    For the judges, the benefits of being involved with "Idol" has paid off in their personal careers.

    Rocker Steven Tyler said that while his fellow Aerosmith bandmates weren't as accepting of his new gig at first, the show spurned sales of Aerosmith records up by 260 percent. Tyler is also working on a new album with the band.

    Fellow judge Jennifer Lopez also saw a boost in her music career last year after making a comeback with a new album, and was expecting to keep up the pace in the new season of "Idol."

    As the show enters its 11th season, the producers said changes to the show will affect the middle portion of the contest, where those contestants will have to take a performance challenge involving a song from the 1950s, among other changes.

    "American Idol" will return on Fox on January 18 with a two-night premiere.

  • "The Voice" amps up the star power for Season 2


    LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - The stars of television singing contest "The Voice" on Friday promised more celebrity and top talent in their upcoming season as they compete fiercely with rival "American Idol," the most-viewed program on TV.

    "It is a very tired format," Maroon 5 frontman Adam Levine, one of the program's star mentors, said about singing contests, "but in a way, this is a very fresh way of doing it."

    The show grew into a surprise hit for television network NBC in 2011 with a format in which the panel of stars -- Levine, Christina Aguilera, country singer Blake Shelton and hip-hop star Cee Lo Green -- also take on contestants as their proteges and help them as the compete against others.

    For season two, which premieres on February 5 and will compete for viewers with "American Idol," the show's producers added new celebrities who will work as advisors with the star mentors.

    Levine will be joined by Alanis Morissette and Robin Thicke, Green will have Kenny "Babyface" Edmonds and Ne-Yo, Aguilera will get assists from Jewel and Lionel Richie while Shelton recruited wife Miranda Lambert and Kelly Clarkson for his team.

    "I chose Miranda and Kelly because they both survived reality television shows," Shelton told reporters at an annual gathering of TV critics. "I just wanted somebody who could talk to them (the contestants) about what they were going through."

    While "The Voice" became a surprise hit for NBC, executive producer Mark Burnett admitted it may not have lived up to some of its early forecasts.

    Last year's winner Javier Colon released an album, "Come Through For You," which peaked at No. 134 on the Billboard 200 album chart, not reaching the success of early "Idol" winners such as Kelly Clarkson and Carrie Underwood.

    "We can't control the record industry, it's impossible," said Levine, "People are going to go through what they go through, some of it's going to be positive, some negative. You can't be there every single step of the way."

    Despite Colon's inability to reach the top of pop music charts, the judges said they were confident they could find the next big talent on the new season of "The Voice."

    "I trust the show more than I trust the record industry at this point," said Levine.

  • Kelly Clarkson among 8 new "The Voice" guest-mentors

    LOS ANGELES (TheWrap.com) - Country star Miranda Lambert, Lionel Richie, Kelly Clarkson and five other big-name musical artists have signed on as guest mentors for the second season of NBC's "The Voice," the network said Friday.

    Jewel, Alanis Morissette, Kenny "Babyface" Edmonds, Robin Thicke and Ne-Yo have also agreed to provide their expertise on the series, which returns with a special premiere following Super Bowl XLVI on February 5. (The season will begin in its regular time slot on Monday, February 6 from 8 to 10 p.m.)

    Thicke and Morissette will mentor for members of Adam Levine's team, while Clarkson and Lambert will offer their services to Blake Shelton's team. Singers coached by Cee Lo Green will have Edmonds and Ne-Yo dispensing their wisdom, and Christina Aguilera's team will have Jewel and Richie on their side.

    The guests will offer their services during the "battle rounds" of the series, which pits two artists from each team against each other to sing a duet.

    The timing of Clarkson's inclusion on the series is particularly interesting. The "Breakaway" singer recently gained headlines (and probably a few enemies) with her endorsement of GOP presidential candidate Ron Paul. Clarkson, who's gearing up to tour in support of her most recent album "Stronger," will also serve as musical guest on the year's first new episode of NBC's "Saturday Night Live" this weekend.

    "These renowned musicians will bring their unique and recognizable musical styles to the teams. They are well-respected singers whose invaluable experience will be a tremendous asset to Christina Aguilera, Cee Lo Green, Adam Levine and Blake Shelton's artists," Paul Telegdy, NBC's president, late night and alternative programming, said of the upcoming guests.

    Reba McEntire, Sia, Adam Blackstone and Monica served as guest mentors on the show's inaugural season.

    Javier Colon, from Adam Levine's team, won the first season of the series, which was adapted from the Dutch TV program "The Voice of Holland."

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