The Voice vs. American Idol: Randy Jackson Says Adam Levine Misunderstood His Words, Dawg
American Idol judge Randy Jackson stopped by for a chat with co-star Ryan Seacrest this morning on Seacrest’s radio show. Among other things, Randy addressed the backlash from his previous comment that NBC’s The Voice was a “second chance place.”
Is it just us or does that sound like he’s comparing The Voice contestants to a box of stuffed animals being donated to charity?
Voice Coach Adam Levine took offense to Randy’s comment, as he went on former Idol judge Ellen DeGeneres’ talk show last week and responded.
"Shame on Randy Jackson for saying that, because he of anybody should know that if you're in this business you need second, third, fourth, and fifth chance," Levine shot back. "So we love and embrace having that be a part of the show. It was an irresponsible thing to say."
Agreed. Restrictions to qualify for American Idol are strict; contestants must be between 15 and 28 and if they have professional representation or have put out a record, they’re out of the running.
The Voice’s guidelines are slightly looser, which makes it an ideal place for contestants who may have had minor success, but have lacked the direction or connections to make it big in the biz.
"I've got mad love for Adam … but … their show is a different show than what we do,” Randy said this morning.
“We go out and we search for the next would-be superstar. We're looking for the person that no one knows about. Respectfully, Adam Levine, we can all exist together and do it big … Adam, I think you misunderstood me, dawg."