American Idol is in its eleventh season, but apparently the show’s producer, Nigel Lythgoe has gotten some stiff competition in NBC’s new show, The Voice. The new show is just in its second season, but with its slower format and less dramatic judge’s choices, it seems to be giving the FOX mainstay a run for its money.
So much, in fact, that Nigel is telling Jennifer Lopez, Steven Tyler and Randy Jackson that they are not allowed to utter the words “The Voice” under any circumstances whatsoever.
So basically if a contestant has a huge voice, the judges cannot refer to them as “the voice”. Interesting. Is he really that worried that he would give some unintentional advertisements for the competition?
Reportedly, The Voice is averaging 19.4 million viewers while Idol is averaging 18 million. I wonder if the Voice judges were given the same mandate about American Idol? Are Christina Aguilera, Cee Lo Green, Adam Levine and Blake Shelton allowed to say the word “idol” on their show? I would think that after hearing about this, Christina and Adam would likely go out of their way to say that they idolize one of their contestants. What do you think?
Is this a silly mandate by Nigel Lythgoe? Should the Idol judges be banned from saying “the voice” on the show? What are your thoughts on the matter?