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Cee Lo staying on The Voice
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LOS ANGELES — Cee Lo Green says he’ll stick with “The Voice” singing competition show “as long as it’s fresh.”

The rapper turned singer joined the show last year as coach and judge alongside Christina Aguilera, Blake Shelton and Adam Levine.

“I would like to think that we were irreplaceable, you know what I’m saying?” he said in an interview with The Associated Press. “But the truth of the matter is, we’re still working-class artists and artists can be very fickle. .... I would like to be here as long as it’s fresh and new and exciting and fun for me.”

Green, 37, said considers the gig a “day job” and expects that NBC has plans in place should any of the judges decide to leave. But for now he’s happy to continue “building the brand of Cee Lo Green” on the popular TV series, which ends its second season next week.

Aguilera’s appearance on Maroon 5’s hit from last year “Moves Like Jagger” has led to further musical collaboration among the show’s stars. Green said he’d recently recorded a tune with Aguilera and has been in discussions with Levine.

“And I have a song for Blake Shelton that I gave to him. And I’d like to do it alongside him. I’d like for it to be a duet,” he said.
And what about a supergroup featuring all four of the singers?

“Why not, man? Why not? Everybody’s talented. Everybody’s available and highly enthusiastic,” he said. “I think everybody would be up for it, man, because it’s a great idea.”

Bus tour brings ‘Family Guy’ town to life  

PROVIDENCE, R.I. — Quahog, R.I., the fictional hometown of Peter Griffin and his dysfunctional “Family Guy” relatives, is coming to life.

The show was scheduled to meld with reality this weekend when a local tourism council sponsors an all-day bus tour highlighting the Rhode Island institutions featured — for better or worse — on the Fox network’s hit series.

Fans will get to visit the bar in Johnston known as The Drunken Clam, a “Family Guy” neighborhood haunt, and drive past a downtown Providence skyscraper off which the often clueless, almost always politically incorrect character jumps in one episode because he’s “immortal.”

“Pretty much any time you see something local on ‘Family Guy,’ it’s fun,” said Christopher Martin, whose work cataloging the show’s Rhode Island connections would eventually lead to the tour. The event, which was to be held Saturday, is put on by the Blackstone Valley Tourism Council — 30 people have signed up, shelling out $49 apiece — and is now in its second year.

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