Cee Lo Green told reporters that he was offered a judge’s seat on Simon Cowell‘s The X Factor, but passed because he was “unfamiliar with the concept.” Instead, the “Forget You” crooner accepted a spot on NBC’s The Voice, premiering April 26th at 9 p.m. Although he admits that American Idol has improved with the additions of Steven Tyler and Jennifer Lopez, Green is more about The Voice. “I knew the name and I knew the parties involved, but as an enterprise, I didn’t know what made it distinctive enough. Quite honestly, I felt like American Idol and these other entities had run their course.”
With all due respect, Green’s just saying that because AI and “these other entities” are competition. Who knows, The Voice could be a runaway hit this summer. A clip of the show was presented during NBCU’s summer press day featuring what The Hollywood Reporter described as “a spine-tingling performance” of Gnarls Barkley‘s “Crazy” by Green, Christina Aguilera, Blake Shelton and Adam Levine. The show does promise to focus on vocals above anything else, and doesn’t have time for prankster auditions.
Will you watch The Voice?