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American Idol’s biggest ratings nemesis, NBC’s The Voice, achieved a first this season – they beat Idol in the ratings. Since this was the second worst season for ratings for Idol, it’s not the biggest thing in the world, but it shows the future could be theirs to own. So what is it that The Voice has that Idol didn’t exactly possess this season? According to new judge Shakira, who sat down with fellow judge Usher on Oprah’s Next Chapter, it’s all about chemistry.

"I do feel that there is a special chemistry between us four," Shakira told Oprah. "We just have fun… It's very genuine... Whatever you see on TV, it's exactly what's happening."

It’s not hard to compare this to the judges this year and see where Idol fell short. Randy Jackson was burned out. Keith Urban got a bit lost in the catfight shuffle. Nicki Minaj rolled her eyes in disdain, mostly when Mariah Carey talked. And Mariah – well, she had a lot to say and yet nothing at all most nights. Their critiques seemed heartfelt and helpful enough, but there was no cohesiveness among that group, that’s for sure.

It’s no wonder the powers that be have their eye on a complete judge revamp for next year, with the two seats already filled likely to be returning judge Jennifer Lopez and Idol alum Jennifer Hudson. Keith may return, and other names that have been tossed around have been alums Adam Lambert, Kelly Clarkson, and Clay Aiken as well as sometime mentor Harry Connick, Jr.

You might be skeptical that the chemistry between the judges on The Voice is authentic, but Shakira assured Oprah it’s the real deal.

“So nothing is scripted?” Oprah asked.

“Nothing,” replied Shakira. “We get along.”

What a novel concept! As for the competitiveness we see among The Voice’s coaches, Shakira compares that to an adult game night.

"When you get together with your friends and you play some Monopoly, that's what it is like. There is the competitiveness and all of that, but at the end of the day, we're here because we want to have a good time and we enjoy what we're doing."

What do you think – if American Idol can find a group of judges that gel well, can they get back to their ratings of old?

Source: Huffington Post