If you’re a fan of both Luke Bryan and Blake Shelton, then chances are you’ll be setting your DVR quite a bit this spring, because the two country superstars are literally about to go head-to-head on prime time television.
As you may already know, Luke has already begun filming for his upcoming role as a judge on the “American Idol” reboot.
According to “Entertainment Weekly,” the reboot, which will air on new network ABC and also feature Katy Perry and Lionel Richie on the judging panel, is set to take place in the same Monday night time slot as NBC’s popular program, “The Voice,” which stars six-time winning coach Blake, along with Adam Levine, Alicia Keys and season one “Idol” winner Kelly Clarkson.
ABC’s decision to run its two-night-a-week program (the show will also air on Sundays) at the exact same time as “The Voice” on Mondays is pretty bold since the popular NBC sing-off series previously outshined the former FOX competition show in ratings.
“American Idol,” which premiered back in 2002, saw its highest ratings peak during season two with 38.1 million viewers, according to “Billboard.” But, the program’s numbers began to decline through the years, and the competition show went off in the air in 2016, after 15 seasons. As for “The Voice,” by its third season it was already beating out “Idol,” its biggest competitor, in ratings. And, although the NBC show’s popularity has also seen a decline in recent years, it still currently stands as TV’s highest-rated reality show, with this past season averaging 11.9 million viewers.
Despite having to regrow its audience, it seems ABC is confident in its “American Idol” season 16 cast, which also features longtime host Ryan Seacrest.
Luke and Blake are no strangers to a bit of friendly competition. In fact, not long ago Blake took a joking jab at his former ACM Awards co-host.
“I think people are going to realize just how dumb he really is when they see him on national television, in an environment where there’s no script,” Blake joked to “Entertainment Tonight,” as previously reported by Rare Country. “But you’re also going to see what a great, great dude that guy is. I love Luke like a brother. I really do, but he’s just dumb.”
“The Voice” debuts its 14th season on Feb. 26 on at 8 p.m. ET on NBC. “American Idol” premieres two weeks later, on March 11 at 8 p.m. ET on ABC. So, who do you think will win the ratings war?