Someone is smelling a wounded animal, and how apropos is it that this someone is Survivor creator Mark Burnett who also happens to head up a little show called The Voice, that has turned out to be one of NBC’s biggest prime-time successes in … forever. Although Burnett claims it had nothing to do with him, NBC has added a third episode of The Voice to next Wednesday, which will air against the premiere of X-Factor.
On The Voice side of things, the series is continuing with their intact formula, including the coaching panel of Christina Aguilara, CeeLo Green, Blake Shelton, and Adam Levine. Everything audiences loved from last year will be included in this season.
X-Factor has gone under the knife in a big way. Simon Cowell and his foil L.A. Reid are joined by Demi Lovato and Britney Spears. To top-off the tabloid factor, it now appears that Khloe Kardashian is closing in on the hosting gig. Yes, I said X-Factor still does not have a host and they are considering YET ANOTHER TMZ veteran.
I think this unstable mixture might work for X-Factor in that gossip hounds will tune in hoping to see things, and by things I mean Britney Spears, explode.
On the other hand, this is most definitely a Hail Mary for FOX. X-Factor was anticipated as sort of an American Idol junior, but didn’t exactly perform as expected. FOX has more patience than most networks when it comes to letting a good idea work out, but NBC clearly has it in their mind to attempt to sabotage X-Factor‘s recovery.
Simon Cowell is furious with NBC for the competition telling TMZ “This is a cynical, cold-hearted, unprofessional way of doing business.” Apparently Cowell claims he had a gentleman’s agreement with NBC that The Voice and X-Factor would not compete. Apparently NBC no longer views X-Factor as competition.