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Producer of The Voice Calls American Idol Emmy Snub “A New Era” for Singing Competition Shows

As if American Idol’s producers weren’t sore enough already over their lack of 2012 Emmy nominations, producer extraordinaire Mark Burnett has some salt for those wounds.

Reacting to The Voice’s recent Emmy nomination and the fact that Idol was noticeably snubbed in the reality competition category, Mark told The Hollywood Reporter that “[t]oday is a new era” in the singing competition show world.

Idol has had lots of nominations [in the past], but I feel like there’s been a shift,” he said. “If you only knew the amount of people who said to us, ‘You’re crazy making another music competition show. America’s got enough of them and no one is going to watch another one with spinning chairs’ … For the Academy to have made the only nominee for a music competition show be The Voice was a big statement that says, ‘You guys are fresh, you guys are relevant, and it’s good programming.’”

Idol’s looking to freshen up its face before Season 12, as Fox is furiously working on “creative reinvigoration” for the program.

Do you think Mark’s comments are smug, or is he right?

Source: The Hollywood Reporter

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07.21.2012 / 02:40 AM EDT by Amanda Bell
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