Simon Cowell has not been shy about expressing his displeasure with NBC’s decision to air “The Voice” opposite “The X Factor’s” Season 2 premiere on Wednesday, but Blake Shelton thinks the Brit needs to let it go.
“Every time I turn around the guy is mouthing off,” the country superstar told Access Hollywood’s Michelle Beadle. “Don’t y’all wish you had time to sit around and b**** and moan like that guy does? Every time I turn around, he’s mouthing off about our show. It’s like, ‘Do your own show! Come on! Put something together there and do your thing. We’ll just do ours and we won’t mouth off about you.’ I wish I had that much time. The guy must just have more free time than he knows what to do with.”
And Blake has no problem whatsoever with the other reality competitions, whether it’s “X Factor,” “American Idol” or something else.
“There’s room for all these shows,” Blake said. “That’s what frustrates me when I hear the bickering. I’m like, ‘We’re all doing pretty good. High five!’ But I think the thing that the other shows probably took notice of was — the four of us on ‘The Voice’ — we’re not judges.”
In fact, it’s the combined resumes of the four “Voice” judges – each superstars in their own genres — which Blake said keeps his show unique.
“This is what we do. We’re all pretty good at it, or we wouldn’t be sitting in those chairs. We’re all at the top of our game right now,” Blake said of what he, Adam Levine, Cee Lo Green and Christina Aguilera bring to the show as coaches. “There’s nobody that comes on that stage that we can’t do that. One of the four of us can get up there and sing note for note, whether it’s a country singer or if it’s a pop singer or a rock guy. We have these people that do this. That’s what the difference is.”
The country crooner believes his panel’s expertise is why “Idol” is lining up superstars like Mariah Carey.
“When we have something to say to somebody on stage, we’re not just saying it from a judgment standpoint. We’re saying it from, ‘Well, here’s what I did, and it worked for me. Let me show you.’ I think that’s the difference, and that’s probably why we’re seeing it on the other shows,” he continued. “I’m glad, because the music industry — we need all the help we can get right now. It’s changing with the way people buy music and we’re all trying to figure it out. We need as much attention with music as we can get. I think the best way to do that is to have artists sit in these chairs.”
“The Voice” continues its three-night Season 3 premiere on Tuesday and Wednesday at 8/7c on NBC.
-- Jolie Lash