Are American Idol producers feeling the heat from NBC’s The Voice? During last night’s Glee, Fox ran a 30-second spot that managed to tout tonight’s two-hour Hollywood episode while simultaneously seemingly slamming its chair-spinning competition: “These contestants know that only American Idol produces real superstars,” intones the voice-over as names of familiar Idol alums and their accomplishments flash across the screen. “Now, if they want their shot at stardom, they’ll have to survive judgment day!” (See the promo embedded after the jump.)
It certainly reads like a broadside aimed straight at The Voice, which debuted its second season with a splashy premiere that aired after the Super Bowl. While the newbie show has made noise in the media and chalked up impressive ratings, Javier Colon and Dia Frampton — who were the winner and runner-up, respectively, of last spring’s inaugural season — have so far failed to make an impression with their post-Voice debut records.
Idol seems to be reminding viewers that shiny new things like The Voice can be nice, but if you want the real deal, stick with the show that has produced stars such as Carrie Underwood, Adam Lambert, Kelly Clarkson, Chris Daughtry, Scotty McCreery, and Oscar winner Jennifer Hudson. Take that, The Voice.