Gotta hand it to Simon Cowell for his latest attempt to drum up attention for “The X Factor“. The British personality taunted his former boss SLASH frenemy Nigel Lythgoe to participate in an epic showdown for the ages. Cowell suggested the winner of this year’s “American Idol“, “The Voice” and “The X Factor” compete in a battle royale at next year’s Super Bowl. Personally, I think the idea is brillballs. Unfortunately, Lythgoe doesn’t share the same sentiment. In true Nigel fashion, he took to Twitter to address Cowell’s idea and kibosh’d the idea. Check out the exchange between the two below.
“Maybe the winner of @TheXFactorUSA this yr should compete with winner of The Voice & Idol in a super final. Just a thought. I’d be up for it.” – Simon Cowell
“@simoncowell suggests the IDOL winner should take on the voice and x-factor winners. The problem is the Idol winner will be a star by then.” – Nigel Lythgoe
Even though the first and only World Idol competition years ago where Kelly Clarkson lost to Norway’s Idol winner Kurt Nilsen bombed big time, this proposed battle IMHO would work. The fact only Americans can vote would make it an even playing field for all three. Plus the fact “American Idol” is no longer the juggernaut it once was, doesn’t give that winner an unfair advantage.
While the possibility of the Super Bowl singing competition has no chance of hell coming to fruition, I thought it’d be fun to pit the reigning winners from “The Voice” (Javier Colon), “American Idol” (Scotty McCreery) and “The X Factor” (Melanie Amaro) against each other. If the battle were to take place today, who do you think would win? Cast your vote below.
As much as I hate to agree with Lythgoe (can’t stand him), his comment about the Idol winner being a star at that point is a valid one. The long-running show has a great track record of producing bonafide stars. Even if you cast aside the winners (Clarkson, Underwood, McCreery) aside, the also-rans of the show have made their mark in the entertainment industry. Jennifer Hudson, Katharine McPhee, Adam Lambert and Chris Daughtry anyone? In the real world of Billboard album sales, “American Idol” wins hands down.
What do you think of Cowell’s proposal? Great idea or stupid one? Sound off below.