‘American Idol’ Set For Ratings Showdown With ‘The Voice’ / Scraps “Bad Auditions” From Reboot

Published: Wednesday 10th Jan 2018 by Sam

March 11th brings with it the return of ‘American Idol’ – but it also signals a the start of a brazen ratings battle.

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It was initially reported that ABC‘s Idol reboot (starring Katy Perry, Lionel Richie, and Luke Bryan) would air on Sundays. But it turns out that that was only one component of its broadcast strategy.

It’s now become apparent that the show will be screened over two-nights, Sundays and Mondays at 8pm-10pm.

The latter will see it go head-to-head with NBC‘s ratings juggernaut ‘The Voice’ – which on that particular cycle will be welcoming Idol’s most successful offspring Kelly Clarkson.

Oh the drama

See, beyond the Clarkson tie-in, this will mark the second time the shows will have duked it out for ratings supremacy.

For, they have quite a tangled history.

‘Idol’ reigned relatively unchallenged for years, yet when ‘The Voice’ debuted in 2011 the tide turned fairly quickly. Indeed, by the second season of the chair-spinning phenomenon, it has eclipsed ‘Idol’ with the ratings and never looked back.

When talk of a reboot first surfaced, NBC (who air ‘The Voice’) seemed to be the front-runners in the race for broadcast rights. And the internal chatter was that the network would use the new ‘Idol’ to do away with the two-seasons a year format of ‘The Voice’ – a move designed to keep the show fresh, prevent over-saturation, and avoid competition.

With rival ABC snagging the rights, all of that of course is no longer a factor and it seems one show is making a direct send for the other.


In other news, producers have revealed that they plan to away with the overt focus on “bad auditions” and instead keep the spotlight on talent. Arguably, similar to ‘The Voice.’


For us, all we’re wanting is for any of these shows to produce viable stars like Fantasia, Kelly Clarkson, and the like.

If not, then what’s the point? That’s of course a rhetorical question because it’s clear dollars are the primary aim. But surely such shows will be even more lucrative if they managed to deliver dynamite talent and success narratives too?!

Your thoughts?

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  1. The Wig Snatcher January 10, 2018

    I’m over both The Voice and American Idol and have no interest in The Four. I am not into these singing competitions for the celebrity judges. I want to hear and see new talent succeed.

    • Its me Gowrl January 10, 2018

      How hush. U the most negative queen on this site. Tramp

  2. Fancy BISH January 10, 2018

    So why would they change and be similar to The Voice when The Voice was certainly inspired by them in the first place! lol…I can’t! Bad auditions is the only thing I watch on YouTube from the show! Everything else is boring in retrospect…who can forget that girl with the blonde wig trying to be the black Britney Spears? lol, she dissed Princess Paula and everything….I won’t be watching

    • Bam January 10, 2018

      RHONETTA, lol!

      • Fancy BISH January 10, 2018

        Yaaaas lmao! Thank you, cause I forgot her name! I’mma watch her audition on YouTube lol ?

  3. GrapeJuice Fan January 10, 2018

    but the bad auditions is what everybody lives for !

    • Casual January 10, 2018

      Seriously. What is the point in even bringing this show back w/o the bad auditions? William Hung is more famous than half the winners of this show.

  4. stan January 10, 2018

    there’s too many singing talent shows out there. alums from these shows aren’t doing much (except for the first few winners and alums from idol). why bother?

  5. Your Name January 10, 2018

    These singing competitions are all about ratings and the judges. American Idol has a few under their belt, but what starts have The Voice produced? I’ll wait…

  6. Memo January 10, 2018

    Fantasia a viable artist? The reach. She’s a flop. The most successful ”Idol” alumna is Carrie Underwood. Get them facts right.

    • Paulo January 10, 2018

      Fantasia is far from a flop and no matter how many albums Carrie releases, she’ll always be a local artist while Kelly Clarkson is a worldwide phenomenom. sit down.

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