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Did American Idol just take a jab at The Voice?

In an ad that aired last night, the Fox series hypes this evening's two-hour episode by recounting its past success stories, which includes nine Grammy Awards, one Oscar and artists such as Carrie Underwood, Adam Lambert, Kelly Clarkson, Chris Daughtry, Scotty McCreery and Jennifer Hudson.

The Voice, of course, has only been on for one season, but finalists Javier Colon and Dia Frampton haven't left much of an impression on the music world.

Watch the promo now and decide: Cheap shot? Desperate shot? Or a perfectly fair salvo to fire off between two similar shows?

WHICH COMPETITION DO YOU PREFER?

 

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It's episode three of The Voice's blind auditions, with Adam Levine, Cee Lo Green, Christina Aguilera and Blake Shelton back in their red-spinning seats to evaluate talent.

Actually, they've never left those seats. They're still in the same clothes. Busted! Seriously, this was one marathon audition day if it was chopped up into three episodes.

Anyway, who stood out last night and joined Teams Adam, Cee Lo, Blake and Xtina? Let's break down the performances of some of Monday's top Voice auditions ...

The Voice Judges Panel

Katrina Parker (below)

The 34-year-old insurance worker performed "What If God Was One Of Us" by Joan Osbourne. Adam was the only one to show interest. That's enough.

Team: Adam

Pip

The 19-year-old, baby faced Pip (that's his real name), takes pride in his fashion choices ... and his rendition of The Animals' "House of the Rising Sun."

The four coaches court Pip. Christina, quoting her own songs, actually tells Pip, "I am a fighter. And I will fight for your ass!" But alas, Levine wins out.

Team: Adam

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The Voice came back strong in its Season 2 premiere after the Super Bowl and Monday's first two-hour installment of the season offered more of the same.

Adam Levine, Blake Shelton, Cee Lo Green and Christina Aguilera are great. They take this seriously enough to make The Voice competitive but not so much that they forget to have fun, and the Blind Auditions are a hoot as a result.

From Cee Lo's glasses to Adam's prayer-like meditation while focusing on the audition, to Blake accusing the contestants of being "fooled by flash and boobs" (i.e. Christina earning some good prospects), the laughs were aplenty.

The Voice Promo Pic

Each coach picked up two more talented team members Monday. Who was the best? Let's get down to business and see who was chosen by which judge/coach ...

Team Christina nabbed the first audition of the night in The Line, a country duo of Hailey and Leland from Nashville who chose Xtina over all three of the others.

Their version of "American Girl" was a four-chair turner:

Christina then scored Lindsey Pavao, who performed "Say Aah." Her unique tone impressed Christina, Cee Lo, and Blake, but Xtina beat them out again:

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The Voice is back, and better than ever.

In the Season 2 premiere, the NBC singing competition showed why it became a big hit last spring - the chemistry of the four judges and the unexpected talent.

For those unfamiliar, the judges turn around, sight unseen, if they like someone trying out. That person then chooses which star he/she wants to coach them.

The Voice Season 2 Pic

Let's get down to business and see who joined Team Christina Aguilera, Team Blake Shelton, Team Cee Lo Green and Team Adam Levine last night ...

Jesse Campbell and his surprising, tragic back story took second fiddle to his rendition of "A Song For You" that caused all four judges to turn around. 

After a funny, borderline racist comment from Cee Lo to Christina, he opted for Team Christina. Watch his performance and the fight for him here:

Later on, Christina also added Chris Mann, who's an opera singer! Who expected him to start singing in Italian on The Voice? Check it out below ...

RaeLynn was the first audition of the night, and was gunning for Team Blake from the start. After all, she sang Miranda Lambert's "Hell on Heels."

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The brewing feud between American Idol and The Voice, which returns for a second season after the Super Bowl Sunday night, shows no signs of simmering down.

Coach/judge Adam Levine is taking Idol's Randy Jackson to task for saying NBC’s upstart singing competition is more for “second chance people” than true stars.

“The winner of The Voice, I will remind you,” Jackson noted at the TCAs, “is an artist who had a deal at Capitol Records for several years, a failed contract.”

Levine's response, in an interview with Ellen DeGeneres:

“Shame on Randy Jackson for saying that,” Levine said. “He, of anybody, should know that if you’re in this business you need second, third, fourth and fifth chances."

"So we love and embrace having that being part of the show.”

Levine, who was joined by fellow The Voice coaches Christina Aguilera and Blake Shelton, does credit Jackson for being “a working musician [who's] had a lot of success,” but he contends Jackson’s comments were “irresponsible.”

Do you agree? And which show do you like better?

 

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American Idol may be the show that produces stars, but The Voice coaches have enlisted a star-studded lineup to help them groom their Season 2 hopefuls.

Kelly Clarkson, Kenny "Babyface" Edmonds," Jewel, Miranda Lambert, Alanis Morissette, Ne-Yo, Lionel Richie and Robin Thicke will all appear this winter.

With their knowledge and skills as advisers to eight separate artists in the "battle round" phase, the NBC singing competition won't lack for star power.

The Voice Promo Pic

Here's a breakdown of whose teams The Voice guests will mentor:

  • Team Adam Levine: Alanis Morissette and Robin Thicke
  • Team Blake Shelton: Kelly Clarkson and Miranda Lambert
  • Team Cee Lo Green: Kenny "Babyface" Edmonds and Ne-Yo
  • Team Christina Aguilera: Jewel and Lionel Richie

Which show is better?

 

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Oh, it is on between American Idol and The Voice.

During their panel discussion at yesterday's Television Critics Association winter press tour session, judges Jennifer Lopez, Randy Jackson and Steven Tyler left little doubt that they don't care much for NBC's singing competition, which gets underway on February 5.

Three Idol Judges

Among the disses lobbed at The Voice by this trio and/or Fox executives:

“It’s a compliment to Idol. We’re not hiring a lot of people from The Voice to be on our show.” - Fox reality president Mike Darnell on Kelly Clarkson joining The Voice as a mentor

"It was almost like second chance people; it wasn’t some new artist.” - Randy Jackson on The Voice champion Javier Colon having had a contract with Capitol Records

 “This is the show that produces the stars.” - Producer Ken Warwick

“We will never, ever rip of Star Trek like The Voice did with the chairs.” - Jackson

Finally, Randy responded to a question about why four consecutive Idol champions have had a penis, saying: “May the best talent win. If it’s another boy this year that’s the most talented person, that’s who should win... Look at the success of Justin Bieber; there are a lot of girls who vote for boys, that’s just what happens.”

Which singing competition do you like best?

 

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The Voice returns February 5 on NBC, right after the Super Bowl.

Already pulling out all the stops to market its sleeper hit singing competition, the network is filming extended commercials to air ... during its Super Bowl coverage.

That's one way to remind the audience what's on next.

Friday Night Lights creator Peter Berg recently filmed a spot featuring Christina Aguilera, Blake Shelton, Adam Levine, and Cee Lo Green. Here's a pic from it:

The Voice Season 2 Pic

Why watch The Voice when there are a billion other shows like it? One 60-second ad, titled “Vokal Kombat,” plays off an element of The Voice that’s truly unique.

The judges' swivel chairs, which turn to face a contestant during auditions when a judge hears a singer that deserves a shot, are the focal point of the new ads.

If more than one judge turns around to face the stage, they must compete against each other to win over the contestant, which can result in a battle royale.

The Voice will be competing directly against American Idol, which kicks off its 11th season January 22. Is there room for two? Will you watch either? Both?

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Maroon 5 singer and The Voice coach Adam Levine poses topless for the new issue of gay magazine Out, while taking shots at a rival singing competition.

Levine, whose brother is gay, takes American Idol to task for making its contestants allegedly "mask" their sexuality, as Adam Lambert recently claimed.

Runner-up Lambert said he wasn't allowed to discuss his sexuality on the show due to AI's restriction on contestants giving interviews during the season.

Adam Levine Shirtless

"What’s always pi**ed me off about American Idol is wanting to mask it, for it to go unspoken,” says Levine. “C’mon. 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," he adds. "To me, the fact that The Voice didn’t have any qualms about being completely about it is a great thing.”

Ironically, on The Voice this spring, Levine was briefly criticized for a perceived slam of Lambert, whose hit song he claimed he had never heard of.

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NBC is bringing back The Voice after Super Bowl XLVI on February 5.

Following a successful first season of the singing competition won by Javier Colon, the network began plans for a second campaign almost immediately.

Reports that it would follow NBC's presentation of the Super Bowl surfaced last month. Now the Peacock has confirmed the season premiere schedule.

The Voice Finalists

With its entertaining interplay between four big-name judges, unusual format and array of talent, the program became a sleeper hit for NBC this spring.

The Voice will air for one hour after the Super Bowl on February 5, 2012, then return for a two-hour episode the next night (Monday), according to EW.

That will lead into the season premiere of the musical drama Smash.