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'The Voice' Update: Cee Lo Green, Adam Levine in Talks to Judge, Audition Online Now

by Jean Bentley, posted Feb 23rd 2011 11:30AM
Cee Lo Green, Adam Levine, The VoiceAs Simon Cowell slowly but surely assembles each piece of the soon-to-be-hit U.S. version of 'The X-Factor,' NBC is working at a much faster pace to produce its 'American Idol' competitor, 'The Voice.'

That means if you want a chance at the $100,000 prize and a major label record deal, you best get to auditioning now. The good news: You don't have to wait for days in a major sports stadium to try out for 'The Voice' -- NBC is holding online auditions on its website until March 1.

All you need to do is record one of the pre-selected songs on your microphone-equipped webcam. The site promises that "If you score an 8 or higher, your video is more likely to be reviewed by the show's casting team or producers!"

While the show searches for contestants, producers are searching just as dilligently for the celebrities who will fill out its judging panel. At the top of the list: Cee Lo Green and Adam Levine of Maroon 5.

According to Entertainment Weekly, both men are in "serious discussions" to join the show, with a "major-name female star" currently negotiating. Rumor has it that Christina Aguilera is that star, but we should know either way soon enough -- deals with the men should close within the next few days, and the woman should sign next week.

'The Voice' is based on a European show called 'The Voice of Holland,' where a panel of performing artist coachis sit in rotating chairs with their backs to the contestants. If one of them likes a singer, they press a button and the singer moves on to the next round as their student/mentee. If more than one coach likes a contestant, the contestant chooses the coach. Viewers vote on the winner after live performances.

When NBC announced the show in December, NBC's alternative programming head Paul Telegedy said the network had been "busy fermenting a move into this genre for quite a few months. We've been at a state of DefCon 2."

As for the blind audition format, reality guru Mark Burnett, who is producing the show, said, "Somebody will show up with all the right moves and look like a star, but their voice is only good, not great, and they don't get chosen. You're dealing only with your sense of hearing -- do you believe this voice is worthy of your commitment? The coaches have skin in the game and will be a part of the careers of these young performers after the show."

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