Adam Levine and Cee Lo Green To Join “The Voice”

Adam Levine (Maroon 5) and Cee Lo Green will join the new NBC singing competition The Voice, according to Entertainment Weekly.

The pop star duo will give NBC a chance to steal some thunder from Fox’s American Idol when the new series debuts this April. “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.”

“We want The Voice to be a search by relevant artists for relevant artists, ” added NBC’s Executive VP of Alternative Programming Paul Telegdy. “Every person who sits on our panel can do what it is that they’re judging.”

The show has a premiere date, Tuesday, April 26 at 9 p.m., in a two-hour debut. The Voice shifts to its regular time period on May 10 at 8 p.m.

There’s on seat left to fill. EW reports that Christina Aguilera is still in talks with the show.

“I was absolutely thrilled to be invited by Mark Burnett to join The Voice as a coach, ” said Adam Levine in a statement. “I look forward to working with these singers and helping them push forward throughout the competition to make their musical dreams become a reality.”

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

NBC is hoping to reel in a younger demo with The Voice, signing “big-name performers who are also popular music fans and a bit more youthful than, say, Steven Tyler.”

“Not to diminish other people on other shows, but it’s a different job to break through the clutter now than it was 10, 15, 20 years ago, ” Telegdy says.

Will you be watching The Voice? The new show is based on a Dutch hit in which contestants audition while judges face the other direction, unable to see the contestants. The judges make their verdicts based on the singer’s vocal talent alone rather than being influenced by the contestant’s physical appearance.

About mj santilli 33693 Articles
Founder and editor of mjsbigblog.com, home of the awesomest fan community on the net. I love cheesy singing shows of all kinds, whether reality or scripted. I adore American Idol, but also love The Voice, Glee, X Factor and more!

20 Comments

  1. I might have to turn in to this. But I will also watch Idol. Good thing I have DVR!

  2. The judges’ heads turned the other way? If that doesn’t sound gimmicky I don’t know what does. And contrived.

    I think the saturation point has been reached by the public for these talent discovering shows. American Idol remains relatively popular because it’s more of a brand now than anything else. And the new judges have pumped some much needed new life in the franchise, but the genre is on the decline, I don’t think there’s much argument over that. So to keep testing the market for another similar one, even The X Factor, is risky. Especially ones that try and mess with the formula, and prop up one silly wrinkle after another.

    I’ll be surprised if The Voice gets off the ground and even wins its time slot.

  3. Tommy, I agree, total gimmick. Even though I love both Cee Lo and Adam Levine, I am trying to limit my television viewing not add yet another show to watch or tape. I think I will take a pass on both The Voice, and X Factor.

  4. Christina’s career is kind of in decline, so grab the money until better music comes her way.
    Also, NBC: it only took you 10 years to catch up LOL. I don’t know if “The Sing Off” has been successful, but at least it is more original than just another AI/X Factor.

  5. What the hell, I’m game. I can usually tell within about 20 minutes whether or not I think a show is worth watching a second time. If it’s good, I’ll watch. If it isn’t, I won’t. Same as with any new show. I do think they’d have been smarter to wait until after “Idol” ends and go head to head with SYTYCD.

    What would be really funny, though, is if this show steals “X Factor’s” thunder. Out of the three of them, it sounds the least appealing.

  6. .
    What would be really funny, though, is if this show steals “X Factor’s” thunder.

    LOL. I was kind of thinking that. This comes on Tuesdays and seems like more of a summer show getting an early start. It does not compete directly with Idol (maybe with Dancing With The Stars?) and it comes on too late in Idol’s season to really mess with things.

    But it does seem to be making a play as “Idol with Relevancy”, which is the same thing X Factor is trying to do. Funny.

  7. I’ll have to check this one out. I’m getting really bored with American Idol. I want to check out The Voice and X-Factor. Hopefully one of them can hold my attention.

  8. But it does seem to be making a play as “Idol with Relevancy”, which is the same thing X Factor is trying to do. Funny.

    Depending on the music and the contestants – this may actually have a better shot at relevancy to the Pop charts than either Idol or XFactor – they don’t cast the type of singers who are at the top in that genre – but if The Voice does cast R&B and rap singers, or Lady Gaga style performance artists – it makes it very simple for me to pass on it – so it’s all good.

    Truly, I think this was green-lighted a while back – when the conventional wisdom was that Idol was vulnerable with the departure of Cowell. Since this has not proved true – they are right to get some high power Pop people on board as judges, and go for the segment that Idol PTB ignore every year when they are supposedly casting for a Pop Idol. That may be different enough to actually work – for those who like the Top 40 Pop music. Idol sure doesn’t cater to that market.

    JMO. Of Course.

  9. Truly, I think this was green-lighted a while back – when the conventional wisdom was that Idol was vulnerable with the departure of Cowell. Since this has not proved true – they are right to get some high power Pop people on board as judges, and go for the segment that Idol PTB ignore every year when they are supposedly casting for a Pop Idol.

    Very good point! I think you are on to something.

  10. I’m game too. I think there is plenty of room for a show appealing to the current radio pop demographic. As hard as Idol tries, it’s not going to get a huge percentage of that market. I only see country or AC/Indie coming out of Idol. (which is fine by me and I continue to love the show)

    Summer might be good to grab a younger audience. Idol is more of a reality show to me than musical show anyway. And they are easy to watch. If I miss a week of Idol I’m not going to worry about it. Sometimes I’ll catch some episodes of Biggest Loser, ATM, etc. I think there is room.

  11. Why do you guys think this is to find a pop star? That’s what X Factor is there for, not The Voice. This is more of a celebration of talent, not marketability. Of course, they could ignore the stated purpose and go any direction they want, but it would not be in the spirit of finding the best voice. This show appears to be virtually the opposite of finding the next Lady Gaga.

  12. Why do you guys think this is to find a pop star?

    jimmyboyd2, it’s a theory based on available quotes, but if they don’t differentiate themselves from Idol and XFactor – with their middle aged Brits taste in music – who are also ‘looking for a Pop Star’, but casting all across the board – they’ll be splitting an audience, IMO. The panel of judges so far – who can ‘do what they are judging’ is aimed at the Pop genre – it’s what those judges do. Nice hook, BTW – XFactor can’t say the same as long as Cowell is there.

    “We want The Voice to be a search by relevant artists for relevant artists,” added NBC’s Executive VP of Alternative Programming Paul Telegdy. “Every person who sits on our panel can do what it is that they’re judging.”

    I don’t see a real discrepancy – and “The Voice” is a very wide category – but I also see a benefit in having people who can actually sing without autotune getting some attention in that genre. That would be refreshing, for live performances. We’ll see how it shakes down.

    IMO. Of Course.

  13. I’ve watched this show on YT clips. It looks much more fun than Idol or XF. The “battles” were real interesting. These have contestants from the different mentors on stage in a sort of duet format. I found it very entertaining, even though the Dutch commentary went over my head. The key is the mentors, they make the show. These two are a good start.

  14. Patroo – LOVED those clips, so thanks for that.

    I’ll definitely be watching but the part I don’t get is – If the judges are allowed to turn around after approving of a singer, after week one aren’t they going to know who everyone is? I would think you would recognize the voices if you are in the industry.

    So basically, the singers looks are only hidden for the first week. Or am I missing something here?

  15. The judges’ heads turned the other way? If that doesn’t sound gimmicky I don’t know what does. And contrived.

    I don’t think it’s unusual for orchestras to hold blind auditions, so it’s more borrowing across genres than a contrivance, IMO. The implication that pop music isn’t about looks is kind of interesting.

    Of course, initial casting can winnow the pool any way it wants.

Leave a Reply

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.