The challenge didn't sit well with 'The Voice' coach and Maroon 5 frontman Adam Levine, who promptly responded to Simon's Twitter proposal telling Access Hollywood, "He's so hell bent on competing with other shows," and insisting that a preoccupation with the competition would degrade the quality of his own show.
When asked about Levine's characterization of his competitive nature during an interview with AOL Music, Cowell responded with a huge dose of sarcasm, "And of course Adam's not! Give me a break. Give me a break!" Cowell continued, "It's all very well Adam talking about it, but it's got nothing to do with him. I was talking to the guys who actually own the show to see if they're up for it, and if they're up for it and the networks are, it's a whole different ball game."
The TV mogul went on to defend his competitive spirit. "It spurs all of us on. I love competition. I really do -- apart from when we lose, then I don't like it!" he joked. "I think anything that could make things more exciting, you shouldn't knock down immediately like he [Levine] did. You should think things through. It's a bit like telling the National Football League, 'You know what, there isn't going to be a final.'"
So who does Cowell think would reign supreme if the most recent winners of each show sang against each other: 'X Factor's Melanie Amaro, 'Idol's Scotty McCreery, or 'The Voice's Javier Colon? "I think it would have been between Scotty and Melanie and that would have been a really exciting first competition," Simon admitted. "I would think Melanie would have had a shot," he added, backing his mentee.