American Idol Versus
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Randy Jackson called American Idol's competition The Voice a gimmicky imitator -- and now Adam Levine is firing back. Reality competition feud alert!

Adam Levine

While the ratings for American Idol are dropping, The Voice rode high on its first season -- so it is no wonder a feud has sprung up between the competing vocal competitions.

Randy Jackson started it back in May when he told The Hollywood Reporter, "It's a great thing when talent can be simple, honest and revered as opposed to spinning around with gimmicky chairs. Maybe Simon Cowell should have people opening doors. Like, 'Knock, knock; Who's singing? I can't see you!'"

"Look, none of these other shows could exist without somebody forging the path before them," he says. "I'm happy to say that Idol did that and paved the way."

Jackson also commented that The Voice was a second-chance show for singers who weren't good enough for American Idol. Oh no he didn't!

So Adam Levine is totally not amused, and he took the opportunity to rip Jackson a new one during his appearance on The Ellen DeGeneres Show airing Friday, Feb. 3, 2012.

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"So Randy Jackson said basically, because there are bunch of singing competitions on the air right now. Randy said that The Voice is basically kind of a second-chance place. People that don't get in someplace else go to The Voice," DeGeneres told Levine, who was joined by fellow judges Christina Aguilera and Blake Shelton.

"I heard about this," The Maroon 5 frontman said. "Shame on Randy Jackson for saying that, because he out of anybody should know that if you're in this business you need second, third, fourth and fifth chances. So we love and embrace that being part of the show."

"You know, God bless Randy. He was a working musician for a long time and had a lot of success and then the show Idol kind of blew him out of the water. And he is a household name now. It was an irresponsible thing to say that."

Watch Adam Levine slam Randy Jackson on The Ellen DeGeneres Show:

Your move, Randy.

Season two of The Voice premieres Sunday night on NBC immediately following the Super Bowl.

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