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Oct092012

Rob Thomas Turned Down Aussie "Voice" Gig, Is "Stunned" by Pal Adam Levine's "Work Ethic"

Tyler Golden/NBCRob Thomas is appearing on The Voice this season as a mentor to Cee Lo Green's team, but the Matchbox Twenty frontman says that he turned down a chance to be a full-fledged Voice coach, because it seemed like way too much work.

Speaking with New York Newsday, Rob explains, "I was asked to be a judge on the Australian version of The Voice.  And after watching these guys and seeing how hard they work, I just don't know if I have the desire, because it's like another career."

Rob and current Voice coach Adam Levine go way back, and he tells Newsday, "The thing I'm most amazed at is seeing Adam and seeing how well he's doing with Maroon 5 and how ... he's really working hard at that and also being able to pull off this job.  It's just a work ethic that I'm stunned by, and just think is great."

Being a mentor on the show allowed Rob to be involved, but in a limited capacity that better suits his schedule.  Explaining why a show like The Voice appeals to him, he explains to Newsday, "It's just kind of an amazing piece of pop culture right now.  The idea [that there's] no age limit, the idea that you could have tried out before, or had a professional job before -- there's no limit, it's just about talent.  That really appealed to me, and the fact that a number of my peers were the judges."

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio