'X Factor's' Simon Cowell: NBC is 'mean-spirited' and 'tactical' in putting 'The Voice' on three nights
"First of all, I've seen the first show. I think it's sensational. I think the girls do a great job, the contestants are great, the show looks different," says Cowell. "And I think this is the reason why NBC decided to put 'The Voice' up against us. It's a spoiling factor. They don't want people to see this first episode."
"I think it's mean-spirited and I hope and I pray that it backfires on them because this is one of the best shows we've ever made," Cowell continues. "I am pissed off about it. I think of it as kind of a gentleman's agreement, but you have to rely that the viewers will make the right selection. I think three nights in a row [for 'The Voice'] is too much."
Mark Burnett, creator of "The Voice," claims he never even thought about "X Factor" when he expanded "The Voice" to three nights and to that Cowell says:
"Give me a break. Like I don't know when my show's going out next week. Like I said, it's tactical. It's very important to get this message out - they don't want you to watch this show and I think it's gonna backfire."
As for Christina Aguilera's comments that she isn't sure what Britney Spears brings to "The X Factor" as a judge, Cowell snarks, "Tell her to watch the show, she might learn something."
Demi Lovato chimes in regarding "The Voice," "I think the whole situation is a little unfair and I don't know why they would do that. But ultimately it's about finding a superstar and giving people the chance to win a huge prize of $5 million. That's all that I really care about. I'm honored to be on the panel, let alone on a TV show."
"The X Factor" premieres Wednesday, Sept. 12 at 8 p.m. ET/PT on FOX.