NBC has added an additional hour to The Voice‘s third-season premiere week in order to compete directly against The X Factor‘s debut (never mind poor Big Brother).
The X Factor‘s second season continues Thursday, meaning that between the two shows, there will be six hours of just those two music competitions next week, never mind repeats of The Voice or other studio-based competitions. Facestab.
By the way, after tonight, So You Think You Can Dance moves to Tuesdays for its final two episodes, clearing space for Simon Cowell’s ego.
Update: Here’s Simon Cowell’s baffling response, where he sounds alternately deluded and hurt: “These guys have really got it in for us. It’s nothing short of dirty tricks,” he told TMZ. “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.”
Of course they don’t. Duh. They’re competition! And while Britney and Demi might add some entertainment to X Factor, the show was nothing more than a shitty knock-off of American Idol. That it now has real competition should terrify Simon, but you’d think his response would be more along the lines of “bring it on” or “the best show will win” instead of whining.