Even though we no longer have a local version of Idol after Australian Idol was axed, the reality TV show is still a huge hit in the US (as you can probably tell from the signing of Jennifer Lopez and Steven Tyler as judges) — and a competing network is launching its own singing competition series. NBC has created The Voice, which seems to follow the same format as American Idol and other talent search shows. And it already has a star-studded judging panel line up: Cee Lo Green, Maroon 5’s Adam Levine, and newest addition Christina Aguilera. In a statement the songstress said:
I am so excited to be part of such a wonderful project that celebrates music and the talent behind it. To be given the opportunity to help shape new artists’ careers and mentor them to see their dreams come to fruition is a task I welcome with open arms. I am so happy to be working with fellow Grammy Award winners Adam and Cee Lo as I feel there is so much we can all bring to The Voice.
Aside from rivalling Idol’s own celebrity judges, the timing of the announcement follows Christina’s arrest yesterday for public intoxication. She’s also been in the headlines for a few less-than-perfect performances at the Super Bowl (when she sang the wrong lyrics to the American national anthem) and at the Grammys (she stumbled during the opening number).