Cee Lo Green says his 'Voice' team is 'strongest,' talks Las Vegas show
Cee Lo Green of the "The Voice," says he has the "strongest team" of singers competing on the NBC show.
The 37-year-old singer, Christina Aguilera, Blake Shelton and Adam Levine make up the four mentors who throughout the past few weeks chose a crop of contestants "blindly," just by hearing them perform. The "Battle Rounds," which sees two contestants from one person's team singing a duet for survival on the show, began on March 5.
"All jokes aside, I really think I have the strongest team, from what I recall," Green told OnTheRedCarpet.com correspondent Tony Cabrera. "I remember people who I may have lost to Christina or Adam or Blake or so and so, but maybe they just weren't for me. But the people who chose me and I chose them, that's probably a winning chemistry and the winning chemistry."
During the first "Battle Round," two of Green's singers, Cheesa and Angie Johnson, sang "Total Eclipse of the Heart" and the latter girl made it on to the next round.
The remaining members of Green's team are Jamie Lono and Jamar Rogers, who will perform "I Want to Know What Love Is" on Monday's episode (watch video), Juliet Simms, Sarah Golden, The Shields Brothers - a duo, Justin Hopkins, James Massone, Jamie Lono, Wade and Tony Vincent, a singer who originated the role of Galileo Figaro in the Queen musical "We Will Rock You."
Green is also preparing for a new musical project - he will perform 28 shows at the Planet Hollywood Resort and Casino in Las Vegas. His residency, titled "Cee Lo Green Presents Loberace," begins on August 29.
Lobarace, he said, is his "alter ego." Green, who once performed his hit "Forget You" in a peacock outfit with Gwyneth Paltrow and the Muppets at the 2011 Grammys, is known for his flashy outfits.
"It's just an homage to that old school Las Vegas approach," he said about his new show. "I really miss that showmanship, personally."
He said he hopes to bring some special guests to perform with him as well. His show, he said, would feature cover songs as well as original material.
"I kind of go from everything from the '70s and up," he said. I do a mixture of covers and some of it's my own. I'm talking about everything from Rolling Stones to Blue Magic to & you name it."
Green said he hopes to release a new record as early as April. He also said he was working on a cover album before he inked his deal with Planet Hollywood.
"I thought that it would just be a cool way to get back in the market, do something cool, something convenient," he said. "I'm like a fan and I think a lot of my flair has a lot to do with the fanship."
"I'm really a big fan of all music and so yeah, a covers album would have been really, really coo," he added. "I don't know if we're going to do it now but we started on it and kind of took a hiatus with is, getting the show together. But it's going to be great, either way it goes."
Check out details about "Loberace" and see tour dates below.
Aug. 29, 30, and 31
Sept. 1, 5, 6, 7, 8, 12, 13, 14, 15, 19, 20, 21, 22, 26, 27, 28, and 29
Dec. 1, 7, 8, 14, 15, 28 and 29
Reporting by Tony Cabrera, correspondent for KABC Television's entertainment show "On The Red Carpet" (check for local TV listings).