Team American Idol Takes on NBC's The Voice: The Top 5 Zingers (Plus Scoop on Season 11)

There’s no love lost between American Idol and The Voice. That was the key takeaway from Sunday’s Television Critics Association press tour panel for Season 11 of the Fox juggernaut, where NBC’s breakout hit was Topic No. 1. Herewith we present the top 5 zingers Idol producers and judges lobbed at their Peacock rivals.

1. Exec producer Cecile Frot-Coutaz on The Voice‘s lack of zany auditions: “They cast their show; we hold open calls.”

2. Fox reality president Mike Darnell on Kelly Clarkson joining The Voice as a mentor: “It’s a compliment to Idol. We’re not hiring a lot of people from The Voice to be on our show.”

3. Randy Jackson on how Voice Season 1 champ Javier Colon entered competition having already once been on contract at Capitol Records: “It was almost like second chance people; it wasn’t some new artist.”

4. EP Ken Warwick on Idol‘s unarguable point of difference vs rivals: “This is the show that produces the stars.”

5. Judge Randy Jackson on The Voice‘s trademark red swivel chairs: “We will never, ever rip of Star Trek like The Voice did with the chairs.”

Other, non-Voice-related highlights from the Idol sesh:

* Warwick addressed talk of tweaked middle rounds, saying that the Las Vegas performances simply will again change up themes. Namely, for Season 11 “they had to sing as a small group a late ’50s song, close harmonies. And the next round is back to ‘one voice, one instrument.’ That will get them down to the Top 24.”

* Regarding Seacrest’s soon-to-expire contract, Darnell expressed confidence that Idol‘s emcee will be back in 2013. “We love Ryan. I can’t imagine this show without him. … Our expectation is that Ryan will stay with the show [beyond this season].”

* Jackson (sort of) resisted an opportunity to bask in X Factor‘s relatively disappointing ratings performance. “Simon and Paula are dear friends of ours. They started this idol tradition with us. We’re the original. … Simon has done well with his show, probably not as well as he wanted. We wish him well.”

* Asked if there’s concern that the last four consecutive Idol champs have been male, Jackson shrugged, “May the best talent win. If it’s another boy this year that’s the most talented person, that’s who should win…. Look at the success of Justin Bieber; there are a lot of girls who vote for boys, that’s just what happens.”