Credit: George Holz /FOX ©2012 Fox Broadcasting Co. Photo: American Idol Season 12 Judges and Host Ryan Seacrest Smile for the Camera

The Voice 2013 premiere week kicks off tonight with two new coaches on board this season. Christina Aguilera and Cee Lo Green will be replaced The Voice Season 3 by Shakira and Usher. Maroon 5 frontman Adam Levine and country music star Blake Shelton will be back in the saddle again.


With The Voice 2013 and American Idol 2013 both bringing on new cast this season, and running virtually head to head this year, we had to ask the question? Which show has the better judges? The rivalry between Idol and Voice this year is going to reach epic new heights with the shows vying for the same core audience each week, and a lot of what makes both shows work depends largely on the judges’ panel. So when you compare the two casts, which comes out on top?


While we haven’t see the new The Voice 2013 judges in action yet, we can make a few observations based on the spoilers and preview clips we’ve seen so far. And, of course, we’ve seen Adam Levine and Blake Shelton in action for several seasons already. American Idol 2013 is almost halfway over already, so we’ve also got a pretty good handle on who they are and how they fit on the judging panel.


We thought the most fun way to break down a comparison between the judges/coaches is to put them up against their closest counterparts on their respective rival shows. Check out our ‘battle round’ matchups below!


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