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American Idol Creator Nigel Lythgoe Dismisses Rival The Voice As A Gimmick

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American Idol executive producer Nigel Lythgoe is feeling the pressure from his competitor this year after he saw audience numbers fall.

Whatever the reason, he has gone on the attack to dismiss rival singing show, saying it is “gimmicky”. NBC singing show The Voice saw it’s latest season premiere with an impressive 37.6 million people watching. Of course, the success of the debut was helped by the fact it immediately followed the Superbowl coverage on the same channel. But beside this statistic, American Idol season 11’s 19.7 million for its show February 1 is not looking so good.

That’s got Lythgoe worked up and he’s challenging his rivals’ shows to still be around in 11 years’ time. He also proudly states that many other shows would be proud to get such high ratings. A tetchy Nigel Lythgoe told Reuters news agency,

“American Idol is now in the history books and will remain there. And let’s hope all the other shows like X Factor and The Voice continue to be successful for 11 years…I will keep my fingers crossed for them.” Yeah right, we believe you!

The bitter executive producer took a pop at X Factor being signed up for a second season, saying that if “feels like two Idol singing seasons (a year) on Fox. The Voice is just “gimmicky,” he said, suggesting that “If what you want is real good talent without gimmicks, without fireworks going off and without flashing lights, and just bloody good talent on the stage, then watch ‘American Idol’ because that is what you are going to get.”

Do you agree or disagree with Nigel Lythgoe’s assessment of the other singing shows on TV? Which ones do you watch and why?

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