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‘The Voice’ demolishing ‘X Factor’ in ratings and ‘Idol’ bits

The_X_Factor_USA_Premiere_RecapSimon Cowell may have a guaranteed third season pick up of his show “The X Factor” but there’s no doubt he’s getting beat soundly in ratings by “The Voice.”

Not that either show is getting all that much buzz in this day and age of too many singing shows.

“The Voice” season average so far: 11.89 million and 4.3 rating for 18-49 on Tuesdays, and 12.44 million and a 4.6 rating 18-49 on Mondays. In this day and age, those are great numbers.

“The X Factor” has averaged 8.6 million viewers and a 3 rating for 18-49 on Thursdays, and 8.3 million and 3.1 rating 18-49 on Wednesdays. Those are way down from a year ago, partially because of the competition from “The Voice.”

Britney Spears has not helped ratings in any tangible way and I don’t see her earning her $15 million keep. Demi Lovato is definitely more into it, more competitive, more in line with the program. I hope they give Mario Lopez more of the primary teleprompters and leave Khloe Kardashian back stage asking obvious questions to the contestants. (”So how do you feel?”)

I haven’t watched enough of “The Voice” to deem if any of the final 20 are going to be stars. I’m less impressed with this year’s finals crew on “The X Factor” than last year’s though the groups are far better (not that that’s saying much.)

With the election pushing “The Voice” into later in the week, the two shows will literally being going head to head. Good luck with the DVRs! My DVR, by the way, is automatically killing “The X Factor” over “The Voice” for whatever reason.

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Nicki Minaj, in an upcoming three-part E! special starting Sunday, talks about how Mariah Carey has “met her match” with Nicki’s presence. The special was taped during her little tiff with Mariah. So game on if you’re into that sort of thing.

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Season 11 finalist Colton Dixon is opening for Third Day. He will be joining them at the Fox Theatre April 13, 2013.

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Kelly Clarkson’s “Greatest Hits” album is out Nov. 19. I like her new duet with Vince Gill “Don’t Rush” more than her latest single “Catch My Breath.”

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And in case you missed Carrie Underwood’s opening with Brad Paisley at last week’s CMAs (starting at the 3:30 point after Georgia’s Jason Aldean), here it is. And yes, even they are doing it “Gangnam Style!” Plus, Carrie learns what “Motorboatin’ is.

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Rumored wish list to replace Sharon Osborne on “America’s Got Talent,” according to TMZ: Shannen Doherty, Leann Rimes and Carly Simon. Carly Simon? That would have been a great move… in 1977! And Doherty? Ugh.

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JTesla

November 5th, 2012
3:31 pm

Thanks Rodney.

I find the rating thing to be funny. Real funny. I like X-Factor more than The Voice, but I enjoy seeing Simon get beat. His games and parlor tricks are not helping him.

Deirdre

November 5th, 2012
3:37 pm

So game on if you’re into that sort of thing. I’m not. I fear for my Idol addiction!

Can’t say that I’m too upset with Simon’s problems. He has a uniquely wrong view of what American audiences like to watch. Even the Ringley Bros/Barnum and Bailey circus isn’t as annoyingly over the top as XF.

Pitchy

November 5th, 2012
4:00 pm

“Britney Spears has not helped ratings in any tangible way and I don’t see her earning her $15 million keep.” – What a waste of letters (lol). All of Britney’s facial contortions definitely hasn’t helped her. Her vocabulary is very limited and see scrunches her face up like there’s a miniature baby diaper of poop under her nostrils.

Sam-A

November 5th, 2012
4:03 pm

D: Have you borrowed my fingers today? (Ringley) Bros.

RoHo: Though she has a great voice, Leann Rimes is no real peach herself. All that messy stuff – having an affair with her made-for-tv movie costar while both are married (guy is a hunk, but still….), then both ditching their mates and taking off together. And last time I saw her on tv, sadly it appears she’s developed anorexia – she could not have weighed more than 80 lbs. She denied all the reports, but her circus-style life seems to have affected her in a bad way.

And speaking of Sharon Osborne, AJC front page says she had a double mastectomy today – very sad for her. This is her second or third go-round with cancer – can’t remember what type she had before. Hope all goes well for her – she seems like a nice lady.

Deirdre

November 5th, 2012
4:18 pm

Ringling!!!!! ;-)

Saw WD…OH MY GOD!!!!!!!!!

JTesla

November 5th, 2012
4:20 pm

Simon’s problem, from my perspective is himself. He has bought into his “brand” and doesn’t realize that people are tired of that brand. When The Voice and Idol went head to head, I didn’t care all that much about ratings, because neither one were saying something along the lines of “we’re going to spank the competition”. Then along comes Simon and for a second year in a row he has to throw down the gauntlet, only to have someone else pick up the gauntlet and slap him with it.

For me so far on X-Factor Britney is the worst addition. I give Khloe a bit of a pass because she has no other discernable source of income. Brit should know better.

Deirdre

November 5th, 2012
4:22 pm

Sam, Sharon Osbourne elected to have her breasts removed after she was told she was genetically likely to develop breast cancer. She does not have cancer

Deirdre

November 5th, 2012
4:24 pm

Britney is BORING on XF. LA is mean-spirited. Simon is all about his ego. Demi is cute but not really that bright.

UGH!

Sam-A

November 5th, 2012
4:34 pm

D: Glad to hear that – the article disappeared before I got back to it – just was the headline “Sharon Osborne has double mastectomy today”. Hard choice to make when you don’t have the disease yet, but at her age, probably the smartest move.

Mercedes S.

November 5th, 2012
4:38 pm

Pretty lame Carrie skit. Lame writing, and everybody still laughs heartily. They must really, really like her.

Sam-A

November 5th, 2012
4:38 pm

Can’t wait to see “WD” – with no regular network tv on tomorrow night I’m sure it will get watched then. Killing me to know about who got killed and how. The regulars are getting pretty thin now – don’t like that – we need some ‘familiars’ to be attached to and pull for. Killing off everyone is not good in my scenario for the show. That only leaves us with what, 8 characters? Hope they don’t/didn’t kill Carol or Glenn – I really like them both.

Sam-A

November 5th, 2012
4:42 pm

I don’t watch Country music awards shows, but from everything I’ve seen, Carrie has very little personality. She’s ok on stage singing, but not good with “witty repartee”! Very stiff. But does seem very popular with the crowd.

Deirdre

November 5th, 2012
4:47 pm

Carrie started out stiff and shy on Idol but she’s far from that now. She’s clever and witty and sweet. She played a role(very well) on How I Met Your Mother a couple of seasons ago and did a pretty good job. She was also VERY good in the movie Soul Surfer about the girl who lost her arm in a shark attack. She and Paisley have a good rapport and work well together.

Sam-A

November 5th, 2012
4:53 pm

I’ve seen interviews recently that she still comes off stiff – to me anyway. She’s a sweet girl, and obviously a good entertainer (not my type of music), I still think she’s pretty darn wooden. She loves animals and works with Peta, so for that reason alone I give her big props, but she’s always looking pretty uncomfortable when I see her in non-singing situations.

Sam-A

November 5th, 2012
4:54 pm

Guess we have different ideas of comfortable and warm on stage are.

Seth T

November 5th, 2012
7:57 pm

I did not watch CMA either. From what I seen in the paper, mostly same-old similar stuff from last year and at least in the past, the attempts at humor and levity are sometimes weak and boring.

Britney, Khloe or LA Reid are not good for X-Factor ratings, Simon is predictable and uses scripted “cruel comments”, or tries to over-sell, while Demi at least is not always predictable. I seen where she had a major run-in with the stage & dance managers on her team’s performances last week, but won the battle I guess.

Highlander

November 5th, 2012
8:41 pm

I’m more of the opinion that Carrie did as well as she could with some pretty lame material. As D said, on other shows, she has been much more natural.

Seth T

November 5th, 2012
9:16 pm

I like Carrie a lot as an artist, and we do some of her material with the girls I work with. Also like Brad Paisley. Just couldn’t get into taking the time to watch the show — and their script writers are usually not very good with the fill-in material.

I watch CMT occasionaly, to keep-up with what’s selling in Country, and see if there’s anything we want to do from current songs. Maybe one out of every 40 new songs holds any interest to us, too much cloned similarity tracks centered around the same themes. .But a really good song emerges every once-in-a-while.

Watching the Voice & Football roun here tonight with various TV’s around the place. a couple of the girls are watching DWTS upstairs. .

Highlander

November 6th, 2012
6:58 am

Morning!

“Maybe one out of every 40 new songs holds any interest to us, too much cloned similarity tracks centered around the same themes.” – Seth T., 11/5, 9:16pm

Yeah, ’cause that NEVER happens in Pop or Hip Hop! :wink:

Deirdre

November 6th, 2012
7:25 am

Morning!

Happy Election Day everyone. Get out and vote if you haven’t already.

Mercedes S.

November 6th, 2012
9:50 am

Morning – on my way, D.!

JTesla

November 6th, 2012
9:52 am

Voted weeks ago (vote by mail for everyone in Oregon).

Deirdre

November 6th, 2012
9:58 am

Hubby and I stood in line to vote last week. The lines are longer this morning.

Woodpappy

November 6th, 2012
11:15 am

About 2 weeks ago it took me exactly 4 minutes to come in and walk out after voting.

Rickster

November 6th, 2012
11:31 am

I’m not sure whether I should be embarassed or proud that I have no idea what is meant by “gangham style.”

If ignorance is bliss…. I’m perpetually in a state of bliss. :-)

Rickster

November 6th, 2012
11:37 am

That picture of NiMi makes her look like a plasticized manequin.

Pitchy

November 6th, 2012
11:38 am

Good morning. I’m so glad I changed my mind and voted last Friday.

Pitchy

November 6th, 2012
11:43 am

Rickster – she always looks like a plastic doll, an overdressed human sized doll at that.

JTesla

November 6th, 2012
11:53 am

I think that is the look that she is going for.

Rickster, Gangnam Style is fun. Fun along the lines of “Who let the dogs out”, “Macarena”, and “Itsy Bitsy Teeny Weeny Yellow Polka Dot Bikini”. So, fun at the time, but give it six months and people will deny any knowledge of the song.

RxDawg

November 6th, 2012
11:58 am

Well seeing how Britney just kicked off Whitney Houston reincarnate, I’d say that she isn’t earning her 15million.

I’d forgotten about how they brought back Mellanie last year. If they do that to someone, it’d have to be Diamond.

Seth T

November 6th, 2012
12:06 pm

True, Pop & especially Hip-Hop also have a lot of cloned songs – originality is rare.

The singers on The Voice last night, some were OK – but nobody seemed like a special, rising artist. Melanie Martinez was the most entertaining with her song choice. Another 10 sing Wednesday night – against X-Factor time as well I think — then the voters pick a top 2 from each team and the Judges still get to save one from their team — think that’s what they said anyway.

From MJ :::
OH LOOK. The Voice is acknowledging their Season 2 winner, Jermaine Paul. That’s right JERMAINE PAUL, in case you forgot, he was Team Blake. He’ll debut his new single “I Believe In This Life” on Thursday’s results show.

Also, Adam Levine and his band, Maroon 5 will debut THEIR latest single “Daylight.”

Want to place bets on which song benefits from the exposure? Heh.

RxDawg

November 6th, 2012
12:20 pm

I think it’s odd… and refreshing that two of my favorite acts on X-factor are a country singer and a rap group. While not my go to genres of music most of the time, I’m unbiased enough to recognize how good they are. Especially Lyric, those guys are flat out entertaining. I hope they didn’t reach their peak this week. I didn’t understand LA Reid acting all Hip Hop snobish with them.

Mercedes S.

November 6th, 2012
12:57 pm

Suppose I’m late to this, but I just discovered The Killers after watching them on some late night show…that’s music I like.

JTesla

November 6th, 2012
1:02 pm

Now I get to experience posts being eaten. All I wanted to say was “B3tter late than never”. Is that so bad?

JTesla

November 6th, 2012
1:03 pm

So we can’t say better?

JTesla

November 6th, 2012
1:04 pm

Can’t havefour word posts?

JTesla

November 6th, 2012
1:05 pm

RxDawg

November 6th, 2012
1:33 pm

The Killers are good Mercedes. Also check out Muse.

Rickster

November 6th, 2012
1:59 pm

Didn’t Simon send Melanie home during the judge’s houses segments – before the live shows. I thought I remember him flying to her house… telling her he made a mistake, and inviting her to attend the live shows.

Don’t know if they’ll bring back someone they booted off during the live shows.

Rickster

November 6th, 2012
2:04 pm

If six months from now nobody will admit to knowing what “gangham style” means… I’ll just avoid the rush and ignore it now. :-

G

November 6th, 2012
2:07 pm

RxDawg, my favorites are Lyric and Tate. I understand exactly where LA Reid is coming from. Although hip hop has expanded its appeal through the years, Lyric’s performance was NOT good hip hop. At least in terms of appearance. The “lyrics” were pretty solid.

Rickster

November 6th, 2012
2:26 pm

Sam-A

November 6th, 2012
3:06 pm

Rickster: It’s some Korean 30-something dude “singing” something unintelligible, while “dancing” bow-legged like he’s on a horse, and doing arm movements like he’s twirling a lasso – you ain’t missin nuttin! Believe me.

Cannot wait for “WD” tonight. Hate to see any of the regulars killed off (except maybe Lori). (or the kid).

JTesla

November 6th, 2012
3:14 pm

It’s actually pretty funny when Sam-A desscribes it. Best part is when he’s in the elevator.

Highlander

November 6th, 2012
4:57 pm

Sam A, it’s unintelligible to you because it’s in Korean (except for the “hook”). I haven’t seen a translation so I don’t know exactly what the lyrics mean.

JT, welcome back from the wonderful world of pacman! I don’t think the AJC techies can even explain some of the issues we;ve had with certain posts!

Deirdre

November 6th, 2012
6:52 pm

I was introduced to Gangnam Style by Mr Atlanta…thought it was goofy crap but fun and silly and definitely catchy to the point that I start smiling whenever I hear it.

Mercedes S.

November 6th, 2012
8:23 pm

Will chk our Muse… thanks, RX.
Rickster at 1:59, I remember how surprising it was, when Simon went home to Melanie in Florida to apologize and ask her to come back to the show – AND HER WHOLE EXTENDED FAMILY WAS THERE TO HEAR SIMON GROVEL.

Mercedes S.

November 6th, 2012
8:23 pm

Check OUT, of course

Sam-A

November 7th, 2012
8:06 am

Highlander: The sound comes off so garbled, doesn’t sound like any language. The only think that amuses me about it is watching crazy people trying to imitate it – some I’ve seen should be on that show “Am’s Funniest Videos”. Ellen had a little 3 year old boy doing it that was precious – unrecognizable but hilarious, he was so serious.

Deirdre

November 7th, 2012
8:16 am

Morning!

I’m sure we all had a later than usual night.

I’m not sure whether I’ll watch XF or The Voice tonight. The best answer is probably neither but I’m might be drawn to XF like a moth to a flame. Or a rubbernecker to a car wreck.