Move over, American Idol! “Forget You” singer Cee-Lo Green and Adam Levine, who has belted out hits like “She Will Be Loved” and “Sunday Morning” during his tenure as lead singer with Maroon 5, are in chats to judge Mark Burnett’s NBC singing competition The Voice, Entertainment Weekly said Wednesday.
The latest addition to NBC’s primetime network is inspired by the Dutch talent show The Voice of Holland and will be hosted by former MTV VJ Carson Daly when it premieres later this year.
Half American Idol, half X Factor, The Voice will feature a panel of four entertainers — “celebrity coaches” — who can claim contestants they like as students, mentor them, and then pit their teams against one another. The coaches will hear contestants audition with their backs turned, so they will be judged strictly on the quality of their voices.
So what makes this show so different from Idol? For starters, contestants are allowed to openly interact with fans and set up outside performance in an effort to build their fan bases. In a further twist, The Voice will let aspiring stars audition via webcam.
The grand prize winner will receive a grand prize of a recording contract and $100,000.
Grammy winners Lenny Kravitz, John Legend, Mary J. Blige, and even Christina Aguilera have also been mentioned as possible coaches.