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Cee Lo Green, Adam Levine on 'The Voice': It's a tough job

June 15, 2011 |  9:31 am

Green_levine If Tuesday's episode of "The Voice" didn't make it clear, being a judge on NBC's new hit reality show isn't easy.

Christina Aguilera got oddly emotional when it came time to choose whom she would save. And Blake Shelton kept reminding us how fast his heart was beating when the time came to make his selection. Cee Lo Green seems to be made so tense by it all that he required a trip to the spa with his team. 

And they don't seem to be the only star judges having a tough time in the role. "American Idol's" Jennifer Lopez found herself in the news after she told the BBC she was "on the fence" about returning to the long-running Fox series. Oy.

The judge/mentor role can't be that hard, right? 

"I'm still learning," Adam Levine said backstage before Tuesday's live taping of "The Voice." "I don't know what I'm doing! I'm very new at this. I think I'll know more as we get to the end of the season -- the mistakes that I've made."

Perhaps, then, Aguilera will have learned to not interrupt him when he's talking.

"She treats me like a punching bag," he joked.

Green may seem chill behind those signature sunglasses, but he said he also finds the gig to be difficult.

"It's really hard for me because we're all artists," he said. "I'm not overly insistent [about things], because I do understand their individuality is imperative. The most I can do is be very clear and concise about the pros and cons and have an intelligent argument. ... It's about being consistent with them."

And sometimes it's about reminding them who is boss. The four judges have teamed up in the past for performances on the show -- they opened the premiere with a rendition of Green's "Crazy," and kicked off the live shows with a Queen medley. Now the network has announced that Aguilera and Levine will premiere a performance of their collaboration on the new song "Moves Like Jagger" on the June 21 show. 

"I love their record," Green said. "It's going to be a great song."

Following the broadcast, the studio version of the tune (which also features Levine's band, Maroon 5) will be available for purchase on iTunes -- a place where the show is making its mark, with contestants finding their versions of songs climbing up the charts (Team Blake's Dia Frampton is currently No. 12 on the singles chart.)


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Photo: Cee Lo Green and Adam Levine during a taping of "The Voice." Credit: NBC