Simon Cowell has admitted that he is unhappy that The Voice clashes with the second series premiere of US X Factor.
The TV mogul, who sits on the judging panel of the Fox talent show, isn't pleased that the third episode of The Voice will square off against his show's first episode on rival TV channel NBC in America.
"It is a spoiling tactic and it's very simple - NBC doesn't want people to see this first episode. I think it's mean-spirited and I hope and I pray that it backfires on them because this is one of the best shows we've ever made," he told Access Hollywood.
"And I am p***** off about it because I think there's kind of a gentlemen's agreement, but you have to rely that the viewers will make the right selection."
Britney Spears and Demi Lovato join LA Reid and Simon as judges on the American version of his hit show, which Simon hopes will help boost ratings.
"I think there's a lot of interest, rightly so, in our show because of Britney, Demi, the way the show is going to look, so we're gonna see what happens. But I've learned don't make any predictions!"
Simon also revealed that the hosts have yet to be chosen, following Steve Jones' exit.
"I think we're going to make a decision in about the next seven days. My gut feeling is we'll probably go with a boy and a girl who haven't had any hosting experience because I think that will make it most interesting," he said.
Season two of US X Factor premieres on US screens on September 12.