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American Idol Executive Insults The Voice Winners: Uncalled For or Understandable?

It seems all of America is excited for the Season 4 premiere of The Voice on March 25 — everyone, that is, but the cast and producers of American Idol. After the hit NBC show conflicted with FOX’s X Factor last fall, it’s about to directly coincide with the network’s other hit competition show, American Idol, this spring.

The Voice has consistently come out on top in the ratings war, but Idol’s executive producer Ken Warwick recently spoke with The Hollywood Reporter about the competition and had some ... ahem ... interesting things to say.

“I genuinely don’t care,” he said. “I would possibly care if they come up with a star at the end of [their season] that’s bigger than the star I produce. But so far there’s been nobody, so I’m quite happy.”

Ouch, Kenny!

While it’s true that Seasons 1 and 2 winners Javier Colon and Jermaine Paul have failed to produce any post-Voice chart toppers, we do have high hopes for Season 3 winner, Cassadee Pope.

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The former Team Blake contestant is a singer/songwriter who spent years writing and releasing music before The Voice, and she’s currently working on her first full-length solo album, to be released later this year.

Cassadee also has the “look” of a star in today’s music industry. Her trendy style and eccentric flair definitely make her a standout on the current scene.

But the problem of not producing a top-selling artist is one that’s also on the minds of The Voice’s cast and crew.

Wetpaint Entertainment spoke with coach Adam Levine about the issue at a press conference in New York last year.

“I think eventually The Voice is going to have to launch somebody into the stratosphere for the show to be taken seriously,” Adam admitted. “One thing I can say about [American] Idol is that Kelly Clarkson really solidified the show’s credibility and really kept the show afloat the whole time. It’s remarkable. And that doesn’t happen every day. I’m sure we can do it, we just have to re-tweak how we bridge that gap. Give us a little more time — I think we’ll get there.”

Do you think Ken’s negative comments about The Voice were justified, or does the show just need some more time to get off the ground? Tell us your thoughts below!

Source: The Hollywood Reporter

03.14.2013 / 01:50 AM EDT by Rachel McRady
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