Christina Aguilera joins NBC’s “The Voice” as coach

The pop vocalist joins Cee Lo Green (Gnarls Barkley) and Adam Levine (Maroon 5) on the upcoming NBC/Mark Burnett/John de Mol singing competiton.
March 3, 2011

NBC is bringing out the big guns for its upcoming singing competition, The Voice – or should that be “the big pipes”.

Following an announcement last week that Cee Lo Green, perhaps best known known as one-half of Gnarls Barkley and for such solo hits as F*** You, and Maroon 5′s Adam Levine would be “musician coaches” on the show comes word that pop vocalist and burgeoning actress Christina Aguilera will also join the team. The show, adapted from a format created by John de Mol and a co-presentation of Talpa Productions, Mark Burnett Productions and Warner Horizon Television, premieres on April 26.

“Christina has a once in a generation talent – her voice is phenomenally distinctive and instantly recognizable,” said Paul Telegdy, EVP of alternative programming for NBC and Universal Media Studios, in a statement. “Her journey as an artist, who started so young in the music business, will be an inspiration to the talent she coaches on the show.”

“When I decided to produce The Voice, I immediately knew that my first choice for a female coach had to be Christina Aguilera,” added executive producer Mark Burnett, who also called Aguilera “the epitome of The Voice.”

“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,” said Aguilera.

The pop sensation and star of the recent Burlesque, arrested for public intoxication with her boyfriend in West Hollywood on Tuesday, also made headlines earlier this year following her performance of The Star Spangled Banner during the Super Bowl, during which she fumbled a line. In an official statement issued shortly afterward, she said, “I got so caught up in the moment of the song that I lost my place. I can only hope that everyone could feel my love for this country and that the true spirit of its anthem still came through.”

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