With all the hype that surrounded the “American Idol” search for celebrity judges, it’s no surprise that NBC is in talks with Cee Lo Green and Maroon 5 frontman Adam Levine to judge their Mark Burnett-produced singing competition “The Voice,” according to Entertainment Weekly.
EW reports that deals have yet to be signed, but the network hopes to finalize contracts with the artists within the next couple of days. Sources also reveal that a high-profile female star, rumored to be Christina Aguilera, is in talks to join the panel. Like “Idol,” producers considered a slew of other judges, including Lenny Kravitz, Roger Daltrey, Mary J. Blige, John Legend and Enrique Iglesias.
Hosted by Carson Daly, “The Voice” is expected to premiere this spring, potentially facing off against “Idol” and “X Factor.” However, the show, which is based on the hit Netherlands program “The Voice of Holland,” strays from the traditional singing-competition format.
“The Voice” will feature a panel of four celebrity judges, who will sit with their backs to the talented hopefuls in order to focus on their vocals. If they approve of the audition, the judges will push a button that will send the competitor to the next round, claiming them as one of their students. In the case where more than one judge likes the singer, then the competitor gets the opportunity to choose between judges.
Once the teams are chosen, the celebrity judges will mentor their contestants and eventually duel the teams against each other, with viewers picking the winners. If you can’t make it for the auditions, NBC has announced that the reality competition will also let hopefuls audition for “The Voice” via webcam.
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