Simon Says: The X Factor, Idol and Voice Champs Should Face Off - Do You Like the Idea?

Reality competition guru Simon Cowell has come forth with a notion that, if enacted earlier, would have thrown The X Factor‘s Melanie Amaro, American Idol‘s Scotty McCreery and The Voice‘s Javier Colon into a steel cage for a Showdown of the Singing Show Champions (TVLine’s proposed title patent pending).

Late Thursday night, Cowell shared on Twitter the (rather improbable) suggestion that the winner of The X Factor compete against his/her counterpart from Idol and The Voice in what he dubbed a “super final.” Never one to shy from the spotlight, he said, “I’d be up for it.”


But there’s just one problem with such a showdown, American Idol executive producer Nigel Lythgoe promptly replied: By then (meaning: the late fall), “the Idol winner will be a star” already.


Lythgoe’s retort carries on a recent combative theme, started at the winter TCA press tour, where Team Idol took the stance that only their show produced actual stars.

Three questions going into Comments:

1 | Do you like Cowell’s idea of a sort of “World Series” championship between the three reality show’s champs?

2 | Do you agree with Lythgoe that Idol is more of a proven kingmaker, and thus would have a huge advantage in any red timeline where such a intra-/inter-network reality-TV face-off comes to pass?

3 | And finally, in the question of who should take on hosting duties for the singing showdown — might we suggest a pre-seaon, winner-take-the-mic showdown between Steve Jones and Paula Abdul? Come on, you know you’d watch that.