April 05, 2012 6:30am PT by Erin Carlson
'Voice' Judge Cee Lo Green Shrugs Off 'X Factor' Competition (Video)
This fall's primetime lineup pits The Voice against The X Factor: cause for concern?
Voice judge Cee Lo Green shrugged off that question in his appearance on Wednesday's The Tonight Show, telling Jay Leno: "I believe that the premises of each show are completely different. But, I don't know, we've got the beat right now with The Voice, you know what I'm saying? I think if anybody should be concerned, it's them."
The eccentric R&B singer -- who consults contestants on the hit NBC competition alongside Christina Aguilera, Blake Shelton, Adam Levine and his rescue cat, Purrfect -- said that Simon Cowell, who left American Idol to launch X Factor in the U.S., approached him to star on the Fox talent show.
"I'm met Simon on a few occasions," Green told Leno. "He's a great guy despite what the ... the perception is. He was very kind to me, actually offered me a position on the X Factor."
Green, whose soul-tinged hits include "Crazy" and "F--k You," said he was offered gigs on both The Voice and X Factor "around the same time, and maybe The Voice a little earlier, but of course Simon does make an offer pretty attractive," he said, grinning. "But I think I made the right decison."
What swayed him?
"There's so much positive energy about this show and I'm not about ... crushing peoples' dreams or judging people. I'm all about helping them, literally, which is the nature of this show and empowerment," he said of his show.
Plus: "I wanted to be part of something built from scratch. Something that belonged to me."
The Voice, now in its second season, returns for a third in the fall, while X Factor premieres its second season with new stars, among other changes. Earlier this year, Cowell fired host Steve Jones and judges Paula Abdul and Nicole Scherzinger from the show; he kept himself and L.A. Reid on the judges' panel, and as THR reported, was in talks with Britney Spears about recruiting her as a judge (which means she'd go head-to-head with ex-rival Aguilera).
Watch Green's Tonight Show interview below.