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Eric Church Slams Blake Shelton, Idol, The Voice

In an interview with Rolling Stone (see this picture), country music rocker Eric Church seems to get just a little carried away. Eric, who supported Miranda Lambert on her 2010 “CMT  On Tour: Revolution” headlining tour, slams Blake Shelton, American Idol, and The Voice. Eric takes a hit against American Idol and reality show television, saying that the country music industry is filled with talent from reality competitions – saying that trying out for a show like The Voice means you aren’t a true artist. In the interview, Eric says:

“It’s become American Idol gone mad. Honestly, if Blake Shelton and Cee Lo Green f—ing turn around in a red chair, you get a deal? That’s crazy. I don’t know what would make an artist do that. You’re not an artist.”

Eric wasn’t done just yet. He takes a little dig at Blake, who is a coach on the highly successful The Voice, and says that anyone who’s career depends on something outside their music then they also aren’t a real artist.

“If I was concerned about my legacy, there’s no f—ing way I would ever sit there [and be a reality-show judge]. Once your career becomes something other than the music, then that’s what it is. I’ll never make that mistake. I don’t care if I f—ing starve.”

In case that wasn’t enough, the “Country Music Jesus” singer also had a few things to say about rock fans and Lollapalooza:

“Rock & Roll has been very emo or whatever the f—. It’s very hipster. We played Lollapalooza and I was stunned at how pussy 90 percent of those bands were. Nobody’s loud. It’s all very f—-n’ Peter, Paul and Mary sh–.”

What do you think about Eric’s interview in Rolling Stone? Do you agree with him, or do you think he needs a bit of a reality check? Sound off below and get your voice heard. Read Eric’s interview for yourself in the current issue of Rolling Stone with President Obama on the cover.

Will The Voice Take American Idol’s Crown?

Looks like some change is a bit too much for viewers. American Idol, which has been the number one television program on tv for nearly a decade, lost numbers this week during the premiere of its 11th season. They dropped more than 17 percent viewership to 21.6 million viewers on Thursday evening. While that might not make producers nervous, this next stat will: they dropped more than 24 percent in ratings for viewers between the ages of 18 to 49-years old. That’s the audience group that advertisers cater to during the program.

Even with the drop, FOX says that American Idol was still the most-watched program on both nights this week. American Idol lost two of its original judges over the last few seasons – Simon Cowell and Paula Abdul – who now judge the X-Factor.

This leaves the question… will NBC’s The Voice come in to steal the crown? While The Voice only scored 11.78 million viewers during its premiere episode last year; they’re premiering their second season immediately following the Super Bowl on NBC this year. It’s a no-brainer to expect The Voice’s ratings to skyrocket, which will also air an ad during the Super Bowl featuring all four coaches: Blake Shelton, Adam Levine, Christina Aguilera and Cee-Lo Green.The Voice’s second season will overlap with American Idol: so it’s up to viewers to decide. What’s interesting is that The Voice aired ads in Canada during the American Idol premiere this week on CTV.

Read how FOX reacted to a recent The Voice announcement below:

FOX’s producers might be feeling the competition between the programs. The Voice recently announced the addition of original American Idol winner Kelly Clarkson to help out Team Blake alongside Miranda Lambert as advisers during the Battle Round. In an interview last week, FOX president of Alternative Entertainment Mike Darnell said:

“We’re not hiring a lot of people from ‘The Voice’ to be on our show.”

There’s a good chance The Voice could steal the reality television crown from American Idol this season if trends stay the same. With a superstar line-up added to The Voice, and American Idol starting to go stale, it’s going to be a race to the finish.

Which program are you looking forward to watching this season? Get your voice heard below:

Which singing competition do you think will be #1 this year?