There are so many singing competitions on reality television nowadays, it's getting difficult to even tell them apart. That's why I barely looked up from my TV set when it was announced that NBC, the network that brought us the off-season series "The Sing-Off" (which just got renewed for a third go-'round), was premiering a new talent show, "The Voice," in April.
But THEN it was confirmed today that none other than Cee Lo Green will serve as a judge on the show! This changes everything!
Oh yeah, Maroon 5's Adam Levine will be one of the other judges. That's nice. But did I mention CEE LO is involved? Huzzah!
"These amazing artists are the perfect inspiration for our contestants to look up to as they begin their journeys from 'voices' to true artists--and any hopeful singer would be incredibly lucky to have either one as their coach," NBC exec Paul Telegdy said in a statement.
Dang straight, they're lucky. Cee Lo had one of the biggest hits of 2010--a song that earned multiple Grammy nominations, was covered by Gwyneth Paltrow on "Glee," and was crooned by a band of Jim Henson puppets at the Grammy Awards--with a chorus that quite gleefully celebrated the once-forbidden F-word. Cee Lo also likes dressing up as a lost cast member from The Wizard Of Oz, Grease, Wayne's World, A Clockwork Orange, and Star Wars. All of this is awesome. So what better inspiration could these "Voice" kids have?
"Being a coach on 'The Voice' is a substantial responsibility, and I take it with sincerity and distinction," Cee Lo also said, in an all-too-politely worded statement, today.
Man, I hope that by "taking it with sincerity and distinction," Cee Lo means "wearing Elton John rainbow-feathers, performing with Muppets, and acting crazier than an off-the-wagon Steven Tyler." Because Cee Lo has a "substantial responsibility" to entertain here--and I know he'll deliver, as long as the NBC censors don't get too skittish.
"The Voice" premieres Tuesday, April 26 at 9pm on NBC. Set your DVRs now.