Adam Levine Talks The Voice vs. American Idol and X Factor: “We’re Not There to Judge, and to Laugh, and Make People Feel Stupid”
With three big music competition shows on TV, it makes sense that there’d be some rivalry amongst them. But in our opinion (and based on the ratings, America’s opinion) The Voice is the clear frontrunner.
Coach Adam Levine couldn’t agree more, and was happy to talk about the show’s success in comparison to American Idol and The X-Factorin a press conference with Wetpaint Entertainment in New York City on Friday.
“I think that they’re extremely different,” he admitted. “When I sat with [NBC producer] Mark Burnett and he pitched the idea of the show, the first question I had, the first question we all had, was, well not a question but more of a demand was, ‘We’re not going to make fun of these people.’ We’re not going to make people feel bad about themselves. There’s just no point. It doesn’t make any sense to us to ever intentionally hurt someone’s feelings. That’s just not the business that we’re in.”
The Voice remains a predominantly positive show, with the coaches offering helpful feedback and constructive criticism. Adam noted that shows like American Idol and The X-Factor are quick to insult contestants weaknesses.
“I think the main thing that sets us apart is we’re not there to judge and to laugh and make people feel stupid,” he continued. “That’s the biggest difference. Obviously there’s the turning of the chairs and gimmicks that Randy Jackson so lovingly refers to. I think there’s just a really good, genuine positive feeling that people respond to.”
Adam also noted that it was important for the coaches to have no scripted dialogue.
“Every single word I say, I make sure those are really words I say,” he revealed. “Nothing is scripted. There are no gags. There are no premeditated, let’s get ratings by doing some stupid shit.”
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Rachel McRady is an editor at Wetpaint Entertainment. Follow her on Twitter @rachelmcrady.