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Simon Cowell suggests Super Bowl for 'X Factor,' 'Idol,' and 'The Voice'

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Simon Cowell Nigel Lythgoe
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We’re not sure which would make a better television special: a supernova competition between winners of The X Factor, American Idol, and The Voice, or a cage match between über-producers Simon Cowell and Nigel Lythgoe.

On Thursday, the two men engaged in a brief Twitter exchange that suggests a friendly rivalry could make for great TV if it ever found its way into broadcast. First, this from X Factor’s Cowell: “Maybe the winner of @TheXFactorUSA this yr should compete with winner of The Voice & Idol in a super final. Just a thought. I’d be up for it.”

Lythgoe then replied via @dizzyfeet: “@simoncowell suggests the IDOL winner should take on the voice and x-factor winners. The problem is the Idol winner will be a star by then.” Oh, snap!

A final championship featuring winners from the three singing shows is not such a bad idea; the trouble is finding a network that would air such an extravaganza if a détente were ever reached between the competitors. NBC broadcasts The Voice and would obviously want dibs to what could be a ratings juggernaut while the home of Idol and X Factor would want to keep it on Fox. Maybe a pay-per-view event for the masses and the nets would just split the spoils?

But who on earth would be the judges? Simon Cowell, Christina Aguilera, and Randy Jackson? I guess — as long as Paula Abdul serves as host.

Is Cowell onto something?

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