‘American Idol’s’ Nigel Lythgoe slams Simon Cowell’s ‘winner singoff’ idea

Idol produces super stars

‘American Idol’ produces super stars like Carrie Underwood, Kelly Clarkson and Scotty McCreery, who go on to have incredibly successful careers once the show is over, where as ‘The Voice’ and ‘X Factor’ have had very talented people win the first season of their shows, but haven’t really gone on to do much of anything at this point.  Anyone remember Javier Colon?

Although ‘American Idol’ still holds the top spot for creating superstars that actually sell records, the three shows are in heavy competition for ratings as ‘The Voice’ and ‘American Idol’ are neck in neck for viewers and coming this fall it will be season three of ‘The Voice’ taking on season two of ‘X Factor’.

With the three biggest singing shows in North America all competing for the top spot, Simon Cowell came up with an interesting idea to pit the winners of the ‘American Idol’, ‘The Voice’ and ‘The X Factor’ against each other in a sing off competition.  He tweeted;

“Maybe the winner of @TheXFactorUSA this yr should compete with winner of The Voice & Idol in a super final. Just a thought. I’d be up for it”

While fans might be into the idea of watching their favorites competing against each other, it doesn’t make a lot of sense for singers that have already won a competition to have to compete yet again for the winner’s title when they have already hit reached the top and won the prize of a record deal.  What would the prize be – another record deal?  Not only that, but these show are supposed to be creating a singer that is meant to leave the reality television singing world and move onto getting a record deal and becoming an artist.  Taking the winners of the show and putting them on another show would likely pigeon hole them into being reality singers and not the super stars that they could have been.

Nigel Lythgoe responded to Cowell’s idea and quickly put an end to the discussion.  He tweeted;

“@simoncowell suggests the IDOL winner should take on the voice and x-factor winners. The problem is the Idol winner will be a star by then.”

When you see ‘Idol’ winners like Scotty McCreery going platinum in a few months and touring with country super stars like Brad Paisley within 6 months of his career, it makes perfect sense as to why Lythgoe wouldn’t be interested in Cowell’s idea.  Maybe once Melanie Amaro’s album comes out and it’s a huge success, Lythgoe might feel differently – only time will tell.

Would you like to see a ‘winners sing off’ between ‘The Voice’, American Idol’ and ‘The X Factor’?  Leave us a comment and let us know if you think it would be a good idea or not.

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