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.”
By Rodney Ho, email@example.com, AJCRadioTV blog