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EW: Cee Lo Green and Adam Levine sign on for ‘The Voice’

FILE - In this Sept. 4, 2008 file photo, Cee-Lo Green arrives at the 8th annual BMI Urban Awards in Beverly Hills, Calif. (AP Photo/Matt Sayles, file)

FILE - In this Sept. 4, 2008 file photo, Cee-Lo Green arrives at the 8th annual BMI Urban Awards in Beverly Hills, Calif. (AP Photo/Matt Sayles, file)

Entertainment Weekly has exclusively gotten the news that Atlanta’s own Cee Lo Green and Maroon 5 lead singer Adam Levine have officially signed on as judges to the new NBC competitive reality program “The Voice.”

“I am so happy that Adam Levine and Cee Lo Green have joined the coach panel for The Voice,” executive producer Mark Burnett tells EW. “Aside from being incredible voices, they bring years of experience in the music industry and a really cool vibe that has never been seen before on a music competition series.”

EW leaked the names, on top of Christina Aguilera, who is still in play as a possible third judge/coach.

The story also noted the debut date: Tuesday at 9 p.m. on April 26. So it won’t go head to head against “Idol,” its obvious inspiration. The show will shift to its regular time period on Tuesday, May 10 at 8 p.m., taking over for “The Biggest Loser.”

The show itself sounds a bit like “X Factor” and “American Idol,” the twist merely being that the contestants are judged initially by voice only, not their appearance.

Cee Lo Green, in a statement noted: “It’s an honor for me to be able to help mold a malleable and new talent in such a fashion as The Voice. Being a coach on The Voice is a substantial responsibility, and I take it with sincerity and distinction.”

Cee Lo’s “F-You” is now in the top 10 on the top 40 charts. Maroon 5 recently had a hit with “Misery.”

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By Rodney Ho, rho@ajc.com, AJCRadioTV blog

7 comments Add your comment

Traci

February 28th, 2011
6:41 pm

Is he going to lose any weight first? On the Grammy’s he looked like a stuffed Big Bird. — and the picture you have posted right now isnt very flattering. He cant button the bottom buttons on his sweater. Will he be able to keep up with a Hollywood schedule? Dude – you can write – but you look a hot mess!

MR164

February 28th, 2011
6:54 pm

@Traci Please post a link to your beautiful body.

Born with a tan.

February 28th, 2011
7:07 pm

I concur with you on that one@MR164.

traci=notcute

February 28th, 2011
8:11 pm

Cee Lo is the man…I can’t wait to hear him eloquently give the contestants advice. He is hands down one of the most engaging music artist from Atlanta. Watch his interviews on youtube!

Mecq Tate

February 28th, 2011
9:26 pm

What does his weight have to do with his musical abilities. Perhaps he considers inner strength and values more important than what you see with your jaded eyes. Probably fake green contacts with a weave ..LOL..!!!! If he see’s your poignant post he probably feels the same about you as I; and lets his music speak for him…”F#@K You….!!!!! LOL..

Traci

March 1st, 2011
7:46 am

It’s Hollywood! and Show Business has a DOUBLE STANDARD.

How is it that the women MUST to look spectacular -like a Runway Model. But the men – end up on a show as a “judge” of all things — can look like they are reincarnates of “Joba the Hut”. — No care in the world – about how they look – and they get a PASS.

Same thing in the Music Video’s. She’s spectacular — while the BIG GREASY – OBESE – FAT A** looks like he just rolled out of bed..

Cee-Lo may be able write a song about NOTHING. which I did enjoy. (I said he can write), but he is a reflection of the double standard that exist in the music industry.

Lastly, With High Blood Pressure and Diabetes the #1 Killer in Black Community – seeing Cee Lo on TV gives more Black Men and – the wrong message. – It’s not OK – to be big and fat. Regardless of having a hit record or not.

If he is going to be on any TV show on NBC it needs to be – “Biggest Loser” — and he can take Rick Ross with him.

trystme

March 1st, 2011
11:45 am

Good for Cee Lo. It is awesome to hear about all of his successes. I used to be a teacher of his way back in the day.