The Farr Side: ‘X-Factor’ and ‘The Voice’ go head-to-head
In this corner: NBC’s “The Voice,” with four cool coaches America seems to love and a game-show of format to find the next big voice in music.
In the other corner: Simon Cowell’s “X-Factor” on Fox with some new blood in search of the next big star.
Both talent competitions duke it out for the ratings this week as both return for another run, this time going head-to-head.
Cowell’s panties are already in a bunch as “The Voice” extended its two-night premiere to three nights, adding a third night of auditions Wednesday and pitting the show directly against “X-Factor.”
I think it’s funny that Cowell is feeling the heat. Last year prior to the “X-Factor” debut, he touted the show would open with 20 million viewers. It managed to scrounge up only 12 million. That’s not bad for a new show, but when you’re used to pulling in 30 million viewers a week on “American Idol” it has to be somewhat humbling.
“The Voice” is back for a third time, while “X-Factor” is back for its second season. That’s the first battle, but not the only one. You also have Cowell vs. NBC. Then, it’s Christina Aguilera (“The Voice”) vs. Britney Spears (“X-Factor”).
Aguilera and Spears battled it out for several years to see who was the bigger female star. It’s a toss up, unless you figure in the tabloids. I’ll let you decide that one.
“The Voice” is more playful in regard to the coaches. Aguilera, Blake Shelton, CeeLo Green and Adam Levine are all back and ready to win over audiences.
Spears and fellow new judge Demi Lovato replaced Paula Abdul and Nicole Scherzlinger on “X-Factor” after the show didn’t live up to the hype. Spears was signed to change that and Lovato begins the show with the No. 1 pop song in America, “Give Your Heart A Break.”
Cowell was quick to blame Abdul and Scherzlinger for the lower ratings before he fired them. That blew my mind, having watched it from the beginning. Both Abdul and Scherzlinger did a much better job with their contestants than Cowell and L.A. Reid.
My fear is that Spears will outshine Cowell, but the show’s ratings again won’t meet expectations and she and Lovato will be sent packing. Cowell can’t handle it if someone else steals the spotlight. Um, has he never heard of Brit Brit?
I like both programs, but I have since lost interest in them for two reasons. First, neither show has produced a bonafide star. I don’t like to invest so much time into something that doesn’t seem to pan out for any of the finalists. Secondly, I’m tired of the fanfare surrounding who is going to judge these shows. Yes, that means you, too, “American Idol.” I thought we were looking for people with talent, not stars who are in search of a career boost.
Just a short time ago I would have been upset trying to decide which one to watch. Thankfully, there’s DVR if I cave and have to see both. But, right now it’s anyone’s fight. Ding ding.
David T. Farr is a Sturgis, Mich., Journal correspondent. Email him at firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also find The Farr Side on Facebook.