"The Voice" judge Cee Lo Green is calling BS on Mariah Carey and Nicki Minaj's fiery feud -- telling TMZ, we're in L.A. ... practically EVERYTHING is fake in this town.
Cee Lo had just finished lunch in West Hollywood yesterday when we asked if he thought Nicki and Mariah's "Idol" fight was legit -- and he said, "This is Hollywood, California. Hardly anything's legit."
As for a possible "American Idol" ratings boost following the Nicki/Mariah fight -- Cee Lo says he's not worried, claiming, "I'm not intimidated. I think it's entertainment for everybody."
'Voice' Contestant Vicci Martinez
Her Guitars Gently Weep
After Car Wreck
9/16/2012 4:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
"Voice" finalist Vicci Martinez was thrilled to walk away unscathed this week from a horrific car accident in Delaware ... but she was especially relieved her precious guitars were unscathed.
Martinez was leaving a radio interview to promote a benefit she was playing for a local children's hospital when she was rear-ended at a stop light.
Martinez -- who made the final four on season one of "The Voice" -- tells TMZ she was way more worried about the fate of her guitars than herself -- one of which was sitting precariously in a soft case on the back seat and the other in the trunk.
Amazingly, the guitar in the trunk was unblemished. Ditto the back seat strummer. As for Vicci, she was sore but uninjured.
The guitar went to good use ... the benefit raised $122,000.
'The Voice' is
9/12/2012 11:30 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Simon Cowell's big Hollywood party for "X Factor" was crashed last night by Christina Aguilera and the rest of the "The Voice" judges ... who rode in on a huge bus.
Poor Cowell was talking about tonight's premiere of his show ... when he was upstaged by a double-decker bus with a massive 'Voice' billboard on the side of it -- hysterical stuff.
Simon was a good sport about it though -- or really stupid -- since he pointed out the bus to cameras and then laughingly said, "That was timed."
Simon's misfortune continued later ... when we asked him about "The Voice" going head-to-head with "X Factor."
Our camera guy said, "May the best TV show win" -- and Simon made the poorly worded response ... "No. Let the 'X Factor' win."
We'll see who wins in the ratings, but "The Voice" is clearly in Simon's head.
9/6/2012 10:49 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Mark Burnett -- the mastermind behind "The Voice" -- says Simon Cowell is delusional to think Mark is going head-to-head with the premiere of "X Factor" to steal Britney Spears' thunder.
Burnett tells TMZ ... he didn't even know NBC added "The Voice" to next Wednesday's schedule until we called to tell him. Burnett said, "There was never ever a meeting or a discussion of what my show was up against. The fact is ... it shows you where our minds are at and where others are because it literally never crossed my mind."
Burnett -- who also created "Survivor" -- tells us, "This is someone trying to read into something that doesn't exist."
Simon claims the folks responsible for "The Voice" have heard how good Britney Spears and Demi Lovato are ... so they're trying to keep the audience away from "X Factor."
And Burnett had this parting shot ... "I'm just glad we're on Simon's mind."
'The Voice' is
Afraid of Britney
9/6/2012 6:25 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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."
Makes Big Move
To Kill 'X Factor'
9/5/2012 4:45 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
NBC and "The Voice" are making a ballsy move to put an end to "X Factor" -- the network just pulled a last minute sneak attack ... rearranging its programming schedule next week, so "The Voice" goes head-to-head with its main competition.
NBC just announced it would be adding a third episode to next week's line-up, scheduled to air Wednesday night -- at the exact same time "X Factor" is scheduled to premiere.
The first two episodes of "The Voice" will air Monday and Tuesday nights.
NBC had previously scheduled "America's Got Talent" for the Wednesday prime time spot, but the network must be feeling confident in the new season of "The Voice" ... so it made a quick swap.
In case you didn't know, tensions between the two shows have been running pretty high -- "X Factor" creator Simon Cowell recently directed a couple "X Factor" rejects to audition for "The Voice." Burn.
So far, no word from "X Factor" honchos.
Animal Org. to Cee Lo
Don't Whip Out Your
Cockatoo on 'The Voice'
6/24/2012 8:15 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
The controversy stems from Cee Lo's recent announcement that he'll be replacing the pet cat who accompanied him during Season 1 with a Moluccan cockatoo named Lady.
But the move is causing some concern among bird activists -- because Moluccan cockatoos are endangered ... and are known to be extremely TERRIBLE pets.
TMZ spoke with Monica Engrebretson -- a rep for the animal rights org. Born Free USA ... who also happens to be an expert in all things related to the Moluccan cockatoo. She's also a HUGE Cee Lo fan.
Monica tells us ... "Moluccan cockatoos are beautiful, intelligent animals but they are very challenging to care for especially in the long term, and are prone to considerable welfare problems." She adds, "Many Moluccan cockatoos develop self-destructive behavior including feather plucking and self mutilation not known to occur in the wild."
"Many parrot rescues are already filled to capacity with moluccans and other large parrots. I encourage “The Voice” to reconsider featuring a moluccan cockatoo or any bird as a 'pet' on the show and instead promote a more appropriate companion animal such as a dog. Even better, they could feature a rescue dog or a dog in need of a home."
She adds, "I want to add that I am a huge fan of Cee-Lo and I am glad that he appears to be an animal lover."
We reached out to Cee-Lo -- so far, no word back.
Shirtless & Tatted Up
6/2/2012 5:50 AM PDT BY Johnny Lopez
A beefier and hairier Adam Levine showed off his still buff and inked up moves like Jagger while in Hawaii the other day.
The scruffy 33-year-old enjoyed some down time from getting along, er, splendidly with his fellow "The Voice" judge Christina Aguilera to bask in the warm sun of Kauai.
Being quite the ladies man, you can bet the Maroon 5 singer got lei'd.
Simon Cowell's Advice
Should Try 'The Voice'
5/27/2012 11:56 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Simon Cowell thinks just because some singers are talentless, superstar wannabes not worthy to compete on "X-Factor" ... it does not mean they wouldn't be perfect for ... "The Voice." OH SNAP!
Sources who attended the Austin "X-Factor" auditions tell TMZ ... Simon and L.A. Reid came up with the brilliant idea to mess with the NBC show by convincing bad singers to audition for "The Voice" instead.
L.A. Reid was overheard on set telling one such wannabe, "If you decide to try out again, please do it on another show." To which Simon added, "Yes, the good news is I hear 'The Voice' auditions are happening next week."
Good one guys.
Ex-Mickey Mouse Clubber
Christina Was in LOVE
with Tony Lucca
5/9/2012 9:28 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Christina Aguilera has it out for Tony Lucca on "The Voice" because he spurned her while they worked on The Mickey Mouse Club -- this according to a former Mouseketeer.
Ex-Mouse Clubber Dale Godboldo -- who starred on the 90s MMC revival alongside Aguilera and Lucca -- tells TMZ, Tony was pretty popular in his Disney days ... "Britney was in love with him. Christina was in love with him. Mylin was in love with him."
But Christina and Tony never hit it off -- and Dale believes she's carried a grudge ever since, claiming, "All of this [Voice] madness was not brought on by Tony."
You'll recall ... Aguilera harshly criticized Tony's "Voice" performance Monday night -- calling the rendition of "99 Problems" "derogatory to women." The two have been butting heads all season.
Hell hath no fury like a Mouseketeer scorned.