Can Cee Lo Green and Maroon 5’s Adam Levine give Fox’s American Idol some competition? The chart-toppers have signed on to judge Mark Burnett’s singing series, The Voice, which is based on a Dutch show and debuts April 26 on NBC. Singers audition to the judges’ backs — so contestants are first graded only on their voices, not their looks. Once the auditions are over, judges switch into coaching mode to mold the fresh talent, and crooners are sent packing each week.
Green is coming off his head-turning ”Forget You” duet with Gwyneth Paltrow at last month’s Grammy Awards (where he was dressed, appropriately enough for a man just hired by NBC, as a peacock), while Levine is a multiplatinum-selling artist whose band released its most recent album in September. ”Aside from being incredible voices, they both bring years of experience in the music industry,” Burnett tells EW. ”Adam and Cee Lo have a really cool vibe that has never been seen before on a music competition series.”
NBC is still two coaches short, and one candidate could be the biggest of them all: Burnett has been talking to Christina Aguilera. Adding a recent overnight stay in police custody for public intoxication to her national anthem fumble and Grammy stumble, Xtina could certainly bring a healthy dose of unpredictability.