'X Factor's' Simon Cowell Says He's 'P-ssed' at 'The Voice': Prays Newly Added Third Day 'Backfires'

"I think it’s mean-spirited."
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The world of television music competitions can get ugly (and it has). It’s a crowded space for a limited amount of eyeballs.

So, when NBC announced on Wednesday that it would be adding a third day to its premiere week for The Voice – directly against FOX’s The X Factor’s Season 2 debut on Wednesday -- executive producer and judge Simon Cowell called foul.

“I am p-ssed off about it,” Cowell, 52, told reporters on a press call Thursday.

What else did he have to say about NBC’s latest move?

“I think it’s kind of a gentleman’s agreement,” he continued. “But, you have to rely on that the viewers will make the right selection. I think three nights in a row is too much. I think there’s a lot of interest going into our show with Britney [Spears], Demi [Lovato], [and] the way the show is going to look. So, I’ve learned never to make and predictions.”

NBC has been very aggressive about capitalizing on its musical show’s success. After a ratings boost from the show’s first season, it launched Season 2 with the help of the Super Bowl. Then, it announced it would be fast-tracking its third season for the fall – which would place the Emmy-nominated show at the same time of year as Cowell’s franchise.

And although Cowell has been known to make what some believe to be calculated moves to steal the spotlight from other shows – such as firing half of his judges and announcing their replacements throughout other shows’ runs – he’s saying that The Voice is playing dirty.

As for the NBC show’s executive producer Mark Burnett’s claim that he had no idea that the third day cut into The X Factor’s premiere episode, Cowell exhales, “Give me a break, like I don’t know when my show is going out next week.”

“It’s tactical,” he goes on to say. “But, you know it’s very important to get this message out. They don’t want you to watch this show. And I think it’s going to backfire.”

Why does he think NBC, whose producers and stars say they don’t even think of the competition, wants to steal viewers from X Factor’s premiere?

“I think [Britney Spears and Demi Lovato] do a great job, the contestants are great, the show looks different from anything else we’ve ever made before. And I think this is the reason NBC decided to put The Voice up against us,” he says. “It’s a spoiling tactic and it’s very simple: They don’t want people to see this first episode. I think it’s mean-spirited. I hope and I pray that it backfires on them, because this is one of the best shows we’ve ever made.”

And although Lovato was also on the call, Cowell came to her defense when asked how they felt about The Voice coach Christina Aguilera’s statement that she’s not sure what the pop star has to offer the judges' panel.

Cowell says, “Tell her to watch the show. She might learn something.”

The X Factor starts its two-night Season 2 premiere on Wednesday, Sept. 12 on FOX.

Which show will you be tuning into next Wednesday? The X Factor or The Voice? Tell us in the comments section below.

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  • Geri Westenhouse
    Geri Westenhouse

    For heavans sake, do people not use their pvrs? I have 3 and each has two feeds just record what you wish to see. I never miss anything. Just delete what turns out to be a poor choice etc etc. All you need is good satelite such as Dish. Surely Mr Cowell knows this. I watch both but I will not tell you which one I prefer. LOL

  • Kesha Chisholm Phillips
    Kesha Chisholm Phillips

    Ha! There's nothing wrong with a little friendly competition. I think the shows appeal to two different audiences. He'll be alright.