Turns out that slinging arrows isn’t really his bag, dawg.
In a new interview with Ellen DeGeneres airing Wednesday, Jackson tried to mend fences with the rival singing show. “[I meant] no disrespect. Adam’s a friend of mine,” Jackson said of “Voice” coach Adam Levine. “I think The Voice is a great show.”
Jackson clarified his comments that made headlines in January, explaining that “Idol” gives undiscovered talent an opportunity to break through, whereas “The Voice” has many seasoned performers who’ve failed to make it in the biz, some with fizzled record contracts, like Season 1 winner (and Team Adam member) Javier Colon.
“You can have as many [chances to succeed] as you want. I’m saying the difference is [that Idol features] new people. Because the first thing that goes into my mind if you have had three or four [prior opportunities to make it in the industry] is that there is something that you’re missing that you don’t quite know yet,” he told DeGeneres. “People have tried to discover you but it didn’t happen.”
Jackson had implied that NBC’s hit was a poor man’s “American Idol,” a place of opportunity for “second chance people.”
“Shame on Randy Jackson for saying that,” “Voice” coach Adam Levine said in response on “Ellen.” “Because he out of anybody should know that if you’re in this business you need second, third, fourth and fifth chances.”
Randy Jackson’s appearance on “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” airs today.
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