So I figured what better place to find out which show local fans prefer than at the York Fair, where former American Idol finalist Lauren Alaina was performing Saturday night.
Turns out the majority of the fans I talked to actually prefer The Voice.
Sorry about that, Simon.
Here’s what folks had to say …
Phoenix Fisher, Hanover: “I like The Voice. It’s a funnier show. It’s just fun to watch. Plus, they judge people on how they sound, not just how they look.”
Jeanamarie Banta, Gettysburg College student from Clark, N.J.: “I like The X Factor better because they have better judges. I’ve been a fan of Britney Spears for a long time.”
Paige Boose of Dallastown: Says she prefers The Voice because Blake Shelton is one of the judges and because Simon Cowell isn’t a member of its judging panel. “I don’t like Simon,” she said.
Caleb Lower of York: Says he prefers The Voice because it seems to hinge more on a singer’s “natural ability.” He also likes the fact that Blake Shelton is a judge.
Carrie Sterner of Reading: Said she watches The X Factor, not The Voice. “I just like FOX better. Plus Simon’s on The X Factor.”
Tammy Hamm of Delta: Said she prefers The Voice. “I love the blind audition concept. You look at some of the people and you wouldn’t think they’d be fabulous on stage, but they are. It just seems to be a much more fair evaluation.”
Emily Ham of Delta: Said she prefers The Voice. “Part of it is that I prefer the judges on that show. Plus, if more than one judge wants a singer, the singer gets to choose and the judges have to fight for them.”
Sandy Garr, Camp Hill: Said she prefers The Voice. She, too, likes the blind auditions, where the judges “don’t see them singing until they turn around. All they have to go on is the (contestant’s) voice.”
Leah Garr, Camp Hill: Said she prefers The X Factor. “I like Britney Spears and Demi Lovato as judges a lot,” she said. “I love to hear what they have to say about people’s singing.”
Don Markle Jr., New Oxford: Prefers The X Factor. “I think they have better talent on The X Facotr. I really don’t like any of the singers on The Voice.”
Lisa Petrisko, New Freedom: Prefers The Voice, partly because of the blind audition process. “Plus Blake Shelton. And Adam Levine is on it. That’s another good reason.”
For those counting, that’s seven fans who prefer The Voice compared to four who prefer The X Factor.
Hardly scientific, I know.
But certainly not the greatest of news for Simon and Co.