*With the smoke of FOX’s “American Idol” beginning to clear out of the headlines, its NBC rival “The Voice” prepares to hit second gear this week moving to Tuesdays at 9 with the start of its live quarter-final rounds.
Judges Cee-Lo Green, Christina Aguilera, Adam Levine and Blake Shelton each have their four singers who survived head-to-head elimination rounds, and Team Cee-Lo enters Tuesday night’s battle with country boy Curtis Grimes of Gilmer, TX; sisters Tori and Taylor of Santa Maria, CA; the bearded Nakia from Austin, TX and the bluesy Vicci Martinez of Tacoma, WA.
In an exclusive interview, we asked Cee-Lo if pure vocals alone are really enough for a singer to succeed these days, and whether or not it’s vital that a vocalist also be an entertainer.
“I believe you definitely have to be the package, but your priorities have to be in this order: I believe that quality should be the first concern,” he tells us. “I believe that all access – via Internet and things of that nature – have kind of jaded us a bit. ‘The Voice’ kind of dates back way before video killed the radio star. And that was when all you could do is stare at that speaker and be compelled by what it felt like.
“’The Voice’ gives a very organic approach and shines some spotlight on a rare occasion of just the raw talent. I myself could and would not ever be the judge of anyone for any particular reason, being that I myself have been an exception to the rule and people have embraced me just the way that I am. So we’re here to tear down those false idols and images and redefine what’s beautiful; redefine what’s possible. That’s what this show is all about. That’s what I’m all about, and that’s why I’m a part of it.”
This week, “The Voice” moves to its new timeslot of Tuesdays at 9 p.m.
Below, Cee-Lo talks about his decision to participate in “The Voice,” his camaraderie with the other judges and why he thinks the show can’t be compared to other televised singing competitions.