CeeLo Bummed That ‘The Voice’ Hasn't Produced Big Star

CeeLo Bummed That 'The Voice' Hasn't Produced Big Star

TCA 2014: Singer said new projects like upcoming TBS reality series may draw him away from NBC competition series

While touting new TBS docuseries “CeeLo Green: The Good Life” at the Television Critics Association winter press tour on Friday, singer CeeLo Green admitted he is disappointed that his hit NBC singing competition “The Voice” has yet to produce a bonafide mega star.

“Believe it or not — I think the only thing that jades me just a bit about ‘The Voice’ is that we have yet to discover and, you know, unleash to the world the new, the next big thing, a true star on the big stage,” Green said.

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“And I would like to be responsible for that, but at this point, I would be glad for anyone, for the show in general, to be responsible for that.”

Green made the remarks while also acknowledging how much “The Voice” has done to raise his profile in recent years. The singer rose to fame in the early 90s with rap group Goodie Mob, then found renewed success with smash hit “Crazy” with group Gnarls Barkley in 2006. But his solo career only truly took off after his starring turn as a judge and coach on NBC's competition series in 2011.

The new TBS new series follows Green's life in Atlanta and during production of Planet Hollywood show “CeeLo Green Is Loberace” in Las Vegas.

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Green said the show is true to life — with some embellishments.

“It's reality based. It's like — semi-scripted,” Green said.

“I wanted to do something more innovative and cutting edge like a ‘Curb Your Enthusiasm’ sort of thing,” he added.

It's projects like “The Good Life” that give Green itchy feet when it comes to his role on “The Voice.”

“I will say I'm human, and I have other ambitions that I want to see through that will require my undivided attention,” Green said in response to whether he will return for another season of the singing competition.

“But every time I think about ['The Voice'] I am immediately reminded of how great it is to me, how wonderful it feels to be a part of the show, and what we've accomplished.”

  • David Perkins

    I guess it's true that The Voice hasn't unleashed the next best thing. But, it's also true that both Cassadee Pope and Danielle Bradbery are very much alive and well on the country charts, and moving along nicely with tour dates and so forth. It's nothing to be ashamed of. I wish that The Voice detractors (including its mentors) would stop knocking its winners. They may not be huge, but they're doing just fine, thanks.

    • wat

      To be fair, only Cassadee and Danielle are doing fine. Javier and Jermaine faded into nothingness. I think Tessanne Chin will be the first real star (for the reasons listed in my other comment) but we won't know for sure until she begins creating and the label begins promoting her singles and her album.

  • wat

    I wholeheartedly believe Tessanne Chin will be the first to break the stigma for The Voice's winners. Unlike all the other winners, she's gained the most support from celebrities. Adam Levine, Pink, Kelly Clarkson, Celine Dion, Adam Lambert, Busta Rhymes, Sway, Piers Morgan, Michelle Williams from Destiny's Child, etc. Not to mention her fellow Jamaican celebrities such as (but not limited to) Shaggy, Sean Paul, and Damian Marley. She's also the first to benefit from The Voice's deal with Ryan Tedder, meaning she'll have a notorious hitmaker at her disposal. She's the best winner the show has seen, in terms of overall singing talent. She's the first to show any sort of overall mainstream appeal and versatility… Basically she has a lot in her corner. I'm not saying that guarantees her success because success is never guaranteed in the music industry but she's definitely way better off than the others have been. And she's not strictly one genre like the previous two winners and they happen to be doing very well in just one genre!