Former ‘Idol’ Contestants to Compete on Rival Show ‘The Voice’

by | April 18, 2011 at 1:42 PM | TV News

'The Voice' Judges (Photo: NBC)

'The Voice' Judges (Photo: NBC)


Just in case it wasn’t already hard enough to keep all the singing competitions straight – “American Idol,” “The Voice,” “X Factor,” “The Larynx,” “Singing Smackdown” (OK, maybe those last two are made up) – one of them will now be recycling contestants.

NBC’s new competition “The Voice” could feature former “Idol” contestants, the New York Post reports.

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“There are people who have been on a label, toured and done other competition shows before,” says producer Mark Burnett. “We wanted to be equal opportunity. Many people have tried over and over in their careers and never quite hit it.”

One name floated as a possibility for an encore is Frenchie Davis, the Season 2 “Idol” contestant who was booted after risqué photos circulated on the Internet.

“Idol” itself has featured contestants who first appeared on other shows, including Thia Megia, who appeared on the Fox show last month after competing on NBC’s “America’s Got Talent” in 2009, the Post noted.

In addition to repurposing contestants, “The Voice” will feature the four judges performing each other’s songs. Cee Lo Green (Gnarls Barkley), Adam Levine (Maroon 5), country singer Blake Shelton and Christina Aguilera perform “Crazy” to open the show.

Keep your fingers cross for Shelton’s take on “Dirrty.”

“The Voice” premieres at 9 p.m. April 26 on NBC.


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