It looks like Simon Cowell could be about to launch war on rival format The Voice over a new ‘four chair challenge’.
The X Factor boss is reportedly looking into claims The Voice is copying his ‘Six Chair Challenge’, which has now become a staple of the ITV show’s auditions.
According to The Daily Star the music boss is looking into suing the format change, because of the similarities between The X Factor’s Six Chair Challenge and The Voice’s new ‘four chair challenge’.
The X Factor introduced the Six Chair Challenge in 2013 which sees contestants battling it out for one of the coveted seats which can get them through to boot-camp and judges houses.
However even after taking a seat they can be replaced by another act.
The Voice are, according to reports, now looking to shake up their auditions process, with a ‘four chair challenge’, which will be an addition to the battle rounds.
When acts are chosen, they’ll be an opportunity to be stolen after losing the battles and take one of four seats. If a coach opts to steal again, the act in the chair is replaced by the newly stolen act. Similar right…?
The Voice UK will not see the format change aired on the ITV show during this series, as The X Factor’s production company Fremantle stepped in, according to the Daily Mirror newspaper.
The paper is reporting however that other formats around the world may consider adding the twist and Cowell isn’t happy.
“Simon listened to advice but decided to continue with his action against Talpa [who make The Voice]. He is speaking to lawyers who specialise in format protection,” a source said.
A spokesperson for Syco declined to comment on the report, however a source close to Cowell said: “Simon’s team identify what factors make any new shows different and what is intellectual property and copyright. This is normal practice.”
The Voice UK continues on Saturday nights on ITV.