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Simon Cowell

'The Voice' is

Afraid of Britney

9/6/2012 6:25 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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Simon Cowell is furious at NBC for trying to sandbag next week's premiere of "X Factor" by adding a Wednesday installment of "The Voice" ... declaring, "This is a cynical, cold-hearted, unprofessional way of doing business."

Simon tells TMZ, he thought he had a "gentleman's agreement" with NBC ... that "The Voice" would run Mondays and Tuesdays, and "X Factor" would run Wednesdays and Thursdays on FOX ... so fans could watch both.

Simon says NBC is turning on its own audience, forcing them to choose between Christina Aguilera's show and Britney Spears' new show. And speaking of them, Simon says, "Britney's not going to appreciate the fact that Christina -- who has been a bit of a rival -- isn't allowing Britney to have a night of her own."

Simon tells TMZ, he believes the move is as personal as it gets, because "The Voice" came to England and went head-to-head with Simon's show, "Britain's Got Talent" and got its ass kicked.

Simon says, "These guys have really got it in for us. It's nothing short of dirty tricks."

Cowell adds, "The reason they've done this is they don't want people to see 'X Factor' because they've heard how good the series is. They don't want their audience to see Britney Spears. They don't want their audience to see Demi Lovato."

Simon says he doesn't think Britney knows yet, but when she finds out "She's going to be devastated because she's put her heart and soul into this."

As for Cowell, he says he's not scared, adding, "I can't bear it that the network is playing political games and playing with the audience."

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61.

RedwoodPerch    

At least Simon found a way to squeeze out some free publicity from all the 'unprofessionalism'.

675 days ago
62.

janja    

I dare her to sing live, she will never do it. She's judging these performers and she can't even sing live. Why are you paying her stevie wonder is the perfect mix for your show

675 days ago
63.

Tiara    

Britney is only a GIMMICK on the show! The last thing she be judging is someone's else's voice! This woman is only know for big pop hits and shamelessly lip syncing every song on her tours. Simon saw that she has a large fan base and thought more viewers!

"Britney's not going to appreciate the fact that Christina -- who has been a bit of a rival -- isn't allowing Britney to have a night of her own." REALLY? Christina doesn't control who watches what! Simon and everyone else (mainly Britney stans) talking like it was Christina's decision to change the format. STFU! Either you watch the Voice or the X factor or hell even both it shouldn't matter. Ratings is NOT the only that matters! But to Simon that's obvious, why else would he bring Britney on the show! Does she know anything about tone, pitch, on key - off key, vibrato, range? NO she hasn't sung live and sounded decent in years! The only thing she is good for on the show is ratings. Now I will say that Simon made an excellent decision of putting Mariah Carey as a judge on American Idol. At the end of the day only true talent will prevail!

675 days ago
64.

Tiara    

Britney is only a GIMMICK on the show! The last thing she be judging is someone's else's voice! This woman is only know for big pop hits and shamelessly lip syncing every song on her tours. Simon saw that she has a large fan base and thought more viewers!

"Britney's not going to appreciate the fact that Christina -- who has been a bit of a rival -- isn't allowing Britney to have a night of her own." REALLY? Christina doesn't control who watches what! Simon and everyone else (mainly Britney stans) talking like it was Christina's decision to change the format. STFU! Either you watch the Voice or the X factor or hell even both it shouldn't matter. Ratings is NOT the only that matters! But to Simon that's obvious, why else would he bring Britney on the show! Does she know anything about tone, pitch, on key - off key, vibrato, range? NO she hasn't sung live and sounded decent in years! The only thing she is good for on the show is ratings. Now I will say that Simon made an excellent decision of putting Mariah Carey as a judge on American Idol. At the end of the day only true talent will prevail!

675 days ago
65.

TMZ Superfan    

I know that Christina "The Goddess" Aguilera will be getting my vote. I can't stand that bitch Britney.

675 days ago
66.

Barb    

Simon, of all people, should know better than anyone in show business that there is no such thing as a "gentleman's agreement." Maybe he would honor it, but it is naive to think any other TV exec would.

675 days ago
67.

Zombie Whitney Houston    

Crappy karaoke show 1 versus Crappy karaoke show 2. I can't believe people still watch that awful garbage. These singing shows are dumb as f***.

675 days ago
68.

bring back recent posts    

....Simon should just pray TLC doesn't bring out a special episode of OUT-TAKES FROM HONEY BOO-BOO!!!!! would be my dream..hahahah

675 days ago
69.

wasted days and wasted nights    

Simon knows there ain't nothin' like a lil' catfight to make everyone wanna turn on the tele.

675 days ago
70.

Jenn    

I don't see what the big deal is. These shows are on 2 different channels so there is bound to be some competition going on.
Also to Simon the X Factor is more then just Britney Spears or Demi Lovato. It's about the talent that is on the show and how well they can sing. I don't care if Britney gets mad that Christina's show is on the same time as her's and quite frankly they could've probably found a different judge then her. I myself have never really liked the X Factor so I will be watching The Voice!

675 days ago
71.

Beauty    

Whatever you think of this guy, he sure isn't afraid to speak his mind even if it means calling out a massive network and that is a rarity in such a business.

675 days ago
72.

She need jail time     

He is afraid of the voice , it call business . He can change his how schedule to monday and Tuesday . The xfActor is a Will flop , they could not beat idol ratings and they have Dncing with the stars to worry about.

675 days ago
73.

who-me    

The only thing that is afraid of Brit is her other personalities and her money handlers.

675 days ago
74.

nikki 88    

wait...britney will be upset that christina isnt letting her have her night?? ummm..pretty sure christina doesnt have a say in what night the show airs. dummy.

675 days ago
75.

I am Spartacus    

Is there a need for the X Factor? We've already seen American Idol run its course did we really need to start up the same exact show with a different name?


Nobody watches the X Factor because we're tired of Karaoke competitions.

675 days ago
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