InsideTV Podcast: Is 'The Voice' better than 'American Idol'? Plus: 'Survivor' and 'Cougar Town' talk | EW.com

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InsideTV Podcast: Is 'The Voice' better than 'American Idol'? Plus: 'Survivor' and 'Cougar Town' talk

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Maybe it was simply due to the pimped-out spinning chairs with the badass button and “I Want You!” lettering, but we were totally smitten with the debut episode of NBC’s The Voice. Our interest shocked even us seeing as how a televised singing competition is the last thing this world needs (get ready for two more with Bravo’s Platinum Hit and Fox’s X Factor). We loved the anticipation of seeing if anyone would buzz in, and then the follow-up anticipation of seeing which coach a singer would choose. We also liked how competitive the celebrity coaches got (next week: Adam Levine vs. Christina Aguilera in a steel cage match!). But how does the show stack up to American Idol? If you could only watch one from here on out, which would it be? Annie Barrett, Jessica Shaw and I answer that very question on the newest edition of the InsideTV Podcast

Also on the menu, Survivor host Jeff Probst recently dubbed Boston Rob the show’s best player ever? Is he right? Listen in to see if I agree with his assessment. Also, we discuss how the Redemption Island may affect the jury voting at the final Tribal Council, and why it means that whomever was sent there may have a distinct advantage should they make it to the final three. Finally, Annie and Jessica have to convince me to start watching Cougar Town in five reasons or less. Can they do it? Listen and find out!

To join in on the fun, just click on the audio player icon below. Or, since we’re on iTunes, you can subscribe for free and take the podcast with you on the go. No iTunes? No problem. You can also download the entire podcast right here. And to send a question to the InsideTV Podcast team, follow us on Twitter @InsideTVPodcast. But first let us know what you think: Which do you like better: American Idol or The Voice? Who’s the best Survivor player ever? And what’s your favorite thing about Cougar Town? Hit the message boards and let us know!

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