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Cee Lo Green and Adam Levine Named as Coaches for 'American Idol' Challenger

The 'F*ck You' and the Maroon 5 singers will mentor a new generation of aspiring vocalists

Carson Daly and NBC have big-name backup in their attempt to rival 'American Idol': Cee Lo Green and Maroon 5 singer Adam Levine have joined "The Voice" as judges.

The singers will serve as coaches and mentors to teams of performers on the upcoming series, which debuts with a two-hour episode on April 26.

"It’s an honor for me to be able to help mold a malleable and new talent in such a fashion as ‘The Voice’,” said Green, best known for the song sometimes called "Forget You."

Said Levine: "I was absolutely thrilled to be invited by ['The Voice' producer] Mark Burnett to join ‘The Voice’ as a coach. I look forward to working with these singers and helping them push forward throughout the competition to make their musical dreams become a reality.”

The series, hosted by Daly, is an adaptation of the Dutch talent series "The Voice of Holland." John De Mol (“Big Brother,” “Fear Factor”) created the format and produces the Dutch show, in which singers are eliminated until each celebrity has only one team member left to compete in a live finale. 

 

To make sure no one gets by on looks, the initial audition process will be blind, with coaches able to hear the singer's voice -- but not see his or her face.