Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Spears and Aguilera get ready to rumble - New York Daily News

Britney Spears at the ‘X Factor’ auditions in Providence, R.I., this summer.

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Britney Spears at the ‘X Factor’ auditions in Providence, R.I., this summer.

The claws are out and the mouse ears are long gone.

When Fox launches the new season of “X Factor” tonight, it won’t be the first time Britney Spears and Christina Aguilera have gone toe-to-toe â€" but it will be the former Mouseketeers turned pop tarts’ first prime-time TV duel.

Spears joins Simon Cowell’s variety show as a judge this year on Fox while Aguilera returns as a judge on NBC’s “The Voice.”

The popular talent shows will butt heads at 8 p.m.

But snarky Cowell, never one to mince words, already has expressed his frustration with NBC scheduling tonight’s extra episode of “The Voice” as a blatant bid to spoil Britney’s debut. He claimed to be angry, “because I think there’s a kind of gentleman's agreement,” Cowell said last week.

“Britney’s not going to appreciate the fact that Christina â€" who has been a bit of a rival â€" isn’t allowing Britney to have a night of her own,” Cowell whined.

“I think it’s mean-spirited and I hope and I pray that it backfires on them, because it’s one of the best shows we’ve ever made,” Cowell said. This week’s three consecutive nights of “Voice” are “too much,” he continued, predicting that viewers will choose “X Factor.”

Both Spears and Aguilera have declined to comment about the rivalry.

Last year “The Voice” was the clear ratings winner, snagging an average of 15.9 million viewers for its performance shows and 11.3 million for its results episodes. “X Factor” averaged 12.6 million viewers overall.

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