Entertainment 'American Idol' vs. 'The Voice': Which should survive? "American Idol" returns with a special, two-night, three-hour premiere event on Wednesday, Jan. 7 Photo Credit: FOX / Michael Becker By ROBERT SPUHLER. Special to amNewYork Updated January 6, 2015 4:08 PM Print Share fbShare Tweet Email And then there were two. As pretenders like "The Glee Project" and "CMT's Next Superstar" have gone away, "American Idol" has chugged along, enjoying a sort of legacy status as the American originator of the reality TV singing competition. Presuming that "The X Factor" stays dead, its lone competitor is NBC's "The Voice," which came to the game nearly a decade later than "Idol" but has run year-round since 2012. But if there can be only one, which singing show should survive? We've got the tale of the tape. Judge Star Power 'American Idol': Jennifer Lopez, Mariah Carey and Nicki Minaj bring the wattage, but the latter two only stayed for one season a piece. 'The Voice': When Christina Aguilera and CeeLo Green needed to take a season off, the producers signed Shakira, Gwen Stefani, Pharrell Williams and Usher. That's a deep bench. ADVANTAGE: "The Voice" Contestant Star Power 'American Idol': Carrie Underwood is one of the biggest country music stars in the world, while Jennifer Hudson will be on big screens and Billboard charts for decades to come. 'The Voice': Cassadee Pope's debut album did well briefly on the country chart, but overall there's no one from "The Voice" that's even touched "Idol" runner-ups. ADVANTAGE: "American Idol" Host 'American Idol': Ryan Seacrest is an executive producer on "Keeping Up with the Kardashians," so blame him. 'The Voice': Say what you will, but Carson Daly has routinely given interesting bands a shot on network television via "Last Call with Carson Daly." ADVANTAGE: "The Voice" Format 'American Idol: A different "theme" each week guarantees that the jack-of-all-trades will go further in the competition than the singer who already has an idea of his or her strengths and plays to them. 'The Voice: The "blind" auditions are a nice gimmick, and having coaches select and mentor individual singers allows them to develop with specific, er, "voices." ADVANTAGE: "The Voice" Top Annoyance 'American Idol': "Idol" is the television equivalent of a NASCAR racer, with every moment covered in sponsorship opportunities. Why even bother with commercials at that point? 'The Voice': Committing to watching "The Voice" means three hours per week, every week, throughout the entire television year. That's a lot of cover songs. ADVANTAGE: "The Voice" On TV: "American Idol" debuts tonight on Fox/5 at 8 p.m. By ROBERT SPUHLER. Special to amNewYork Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Comments We're revamping our Comments section. Learn more and share your input.