From the American Idol experts over at TVLine comes a dossier on the press tour the show's judges and higher-ups held. That doesn't sound too interesting, does it? Let's rephrase that: TVLine has a lot of quotes where the Idol names get snippy about NBC's surprisingly successful rival, The Voice. They do a bit of rumor management as well (no, Ryan Seacrest's not in trouble; no, there's no conspiracy to only ever let dudes win), but the real highlights are the sniping. Click the pink up there to bask in all the bitterness, but three quotes beg for note:
Randy Jackson on how Voice Season 1 champ Javier Colon entered competition having already once been on contract at Capitol Records: ”It was almost like second chance people; it wasn’t some new artist.”
Close your eyes, close your ears, and focus real hard; you'll hear a vague rumbling coming up from somewhere behind you. That, my friend, is the sound of Vote for the Worst's denizens collectively fuming about everyone they've called a "plant" or worse. And anyway, isn't the point of these shows to judge on talent, not on resume? (Critical bias: I was Team Carly and Team Joanna; I was also Team Frenchie and Team Dia, and if The X Factor's Stacy Francis had made her vocals a little more solid, I'd have been Team Stacy too.)
Ken Warwick on Idol‘s unarguable point of difference vs rivals: “This is the show that produces the stars.”
Can't you just picture this? In the same cadence as "THIS... is American Idol"? We'll grant Idol Kelly and Carrie and Fantasia, maybe Scotty in a few years, and we'll credit them with making talent competitions a credible-in-theory model for launching stars, but how are Ruben, Taylor and Lee doing?
Judge Randy Jackson on The Voice‘s trademark red swivel chairs: “We will never, ever rip off Star Trek like The Voice did with the chairs.”
Of course Idol's not ripping off Star Trek. That's for The X Factor and their Vulcan host.