Levine, a judge on rival singing talent show “The Voices” claims that “American Idol” will not allow its gay contestants discuss their sexuality publicly while on the musical contest.
“You can’t be publicly gay? At this point? On a singing competition? Give me a break. You can’t hide basic components of these people’s lives,” Levine ranted, obviously annoyed about this.
However, Adam Levine is happy that his own musical competition is much more progressive. ”
“The fact that ‘The Voice’ didn’t have any qualms about being completely open about it is a great thing,” Levine insisted.
However, the Maroon 5 singer was smart in his putting down of the rival “American Idol,” stating that there is room for both shows, with such different formats, on TV schedules. He thinks they appeal to different demographics. He acknowledged “American Idol” as a “cultural institution.”
Adam Levine is very concerned with image and how to appeal to the wider public. The Maroon 5 singer recently sued Activision over his appearance in the popular video game “Band Hero,” claiming that he had been misrepresented.
Adam Levine is also developing a new comedy for NBC which is said to be set in a karaoke bar and include a musical element. All of that should keep Mr. Levine very busy for the foreseeable future.
But what do you think about the portrayal of gay contestants on either “American Idol” or “The Voice”? Is it something you feel strongly about? How is this portrayal of the sexuality of the contestants affected by the time the show airs on TV? Should that make any difference at all? Your thoughts, please!