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'American Idol' Vs. 'The Voice': Battle of the Finales

Frankie Valli, J.Lo and Aretha Franklin vs. Bruno Mars, Christina Aguilera and Cher: THR breaks down the big gets -- and who won.

Idol vs. The Voice - H 2013

A version of this story first appeared in the June 28 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine.

The Voice wrapped its fourth season on June 18 with a star-studded finale that included appearances by Cher (her first TV performance in a decade), Bruno Mars, OneRepublic, Nelly and Hunter Hayes, among others. Compared to American Idol’s season 12 closer on May 16, which featured a Frankie Valli group number and Aretha Franklin singing via satellite, the NBC show felt fresher. How did the two singing competitions stack up in other key areas? THR investigates …


Voice: 38
Idol: 41

Mars and Hayes helped bring down the average performer age to 38, more in line with the show's younger viewer demo.

Winner: Voice


Voice: 11
Idol: 28

With 18 for Franklin and five for Carey, Idol reigns supreme -- though ratings for the Fox series were down 44 percent from 2012.

Winner: Idol

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Voice: “Home” by Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeroes
Idol: “Glad You Came” by The Wanted

The Voice goes with the hipper choice, complete with "Hey" grunts.  

Winner: Voice


Voice: Cher
Idol: Aretha Franklin

In the battle of the divas, Cher comes out on top since the Queen of Soul couldn't make it to Idol's live show and sang via satellite.

Winner: Voice


Voice: Pitbull with Christina Aguilera
Idol: Pitbull with Jennifer Lopez

The Latino rapper performed with alumni of both shows.

Winner: Draw

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Voice: Hunter Hayes
Idol: Emeli Sande

One's a Grammy-nominated country artist, the other a Scottish singer-songwriter with loads of promise.  

Winner: Draw


Voice: Florida Georgia Line
Idol: The Band Perry

The Voice nabs the band that currently holds the No. 5 song in the country; Idol goes with a slightly more seasoned act whose latest album is already gold. 

Winner: Draw 

FINAL VERDICT: NBC's saving grace squeaks out a victory over the 12-year-old Fox show -- much like the ratings for the series' most recent seasons.

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