Cee Lo Green chooses "Voice" over "X Factor"

Fri Apr 15, 2011 5:46pm EDT
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By Jill Serjeant

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Singer Cee Lo Green said on Friday he did not want to be a judge on upcoming new TV talent show "The X Factor" because he saw little fresh in the concept.

But the 36-year-old American soul and R&B singer of recent hit, "Forget You," said yes to a job as one of four celebrity coaches on rival new singing show "The Voice" because it felt fresh and positive, he told reporters.

"I knew the name and I knew the parties involved," Green said of "X Factor" the new U.S. venture by former "American Idol" judge Simon Cowell, which comes to Fox television in the fall of 2011.

"But as an enterprise, I didn't see what made it distinctive enough. It kind of seemed like shows like 'Idol' had run their course.

"And I liked this one better," Green said of "The Voice".

Green joins Christina Aguilera, country star Blake Shelton, and Maroon 5 frontman Adam Levine as the mentor-judges on "The Voice, which comes to NBC on April 26.

It is the latest in a string of TV singing contests in a crowded market dominated by the Fox network's 10 year-old "American Idol" -- the most-watched show in the United States.

Cowell has yet to complete his much-discussed lineup of judges for "X Factor" but has said he and record producer Antonio "L.A." Reid will be part of the panel.   Continued...

<p>Coach Cee Lo Green smiles during the NBC panel for the television show "The Voice" during the Television Critics Association summer press tour in Pasadena, California April 15, 2011. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni</p>