he X Factor mastermind Simon Cowell
seems to have a case of sour grapes about the increasing success of rival talent show The Voice
Simon called the show "a rip-off" of his X Factor, talking to UK's Radio Four.
"I see a lot of shows trying to rip us off and you can't do that," he said. "If you try and rip somebody off it always looks like a bad copy."
X Factor being the most original show on earth (cough, American Idol, cough).
But, in true Simon Cowell style, there's more slagging off to be done.
"[The Voice] puzzles me because it starts off by saying, 'right it's all about the voice', so my first thought is why is this not on radio? What's the point of looking at them?" he said.
"Then suddenly I'm watching it a week or two weeks ago and it's the same as X Factor," he went on. "They've got dancers behind them, they've got graphics, lights, same show".
Much like Simon's other reality TV contest exploiting the dreams of starry-eyed hopefuls, Britain's Got Talent. That show was slaughtered in the ratings by The Voice UK, forcing ITV to move BGT to a later timeslot back in April.
But The Voice UK's live shows recently took a ratings nosedive, so perhaps Simon is on the winning team. Just the way he likes it.
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