Did Danny O’Donoghue really just insult James Arthur, or is this an incident of the British press trying to create a war between “The Voice” UK and the British version of “The X Factor”? While it’s juicier to claim that there is some sort of malcontent here, it really just doesn’t seem to make any sense why The Script rocker would intentionally say something mean about another show when his own does not have the track record to back it out (meaning that none of their contestants have really gone on to do much yet).
According to The Mirror, Danny was asked about the gossip that recent “X Factor” champ Arthur (who has a #1 hit to his name now with his cover of “Impossible”) auditioned for “The Voice” UK season 1, and he responded with the following answer:
“I’ve never heard of him. He didn’t make it through. 30,000 people audition and then they get whittled down to what gets presented to us, so he obviously didn’t make it through to that part.”
Another source claims that while James did go to an audition for the BBC series, he did not really pursue it aggressively as he did “The X Factor,” which was ultimately a better fit with the style of music that he was hoping to get out there. Plus, he is an artist that is more about the voice; he’s got the attitude, the swagger, and even the personality that you need to be a star.
As for the thought of Danny not knowing who James serving as a diss, we have a feeling that is response probably came as a response to a “do you know James Arthur? He auditioned for the show,” without it being explained to him until later that James was the winner of Simon Cowell’s competition. After all, his band has quite a bit going on these days, and with James still working on his debut it’s more than feasible that Danny would be a little out of the loop. (Will.i.am also did not know who James was, but that is even more understandable given that only a handful of Americans right now do.)
What do you think about these comments? If you want to see a hilarious new video from Comic Relief featuring Simon Cowell, you can do so here. Season 2 of “The Voice” UK airs later this spring.