Matchbox Twenty frontman Rob Thomas is the latest superstar musician to join NBC’s vocal gladiator showdown (or, more simply, ‘singing competition’) The Voice. Thomas will serve as a mentor for Team Cee Lo Green, lending his wisdom and experience to Green’s team of 16 artists as they sing each other out of the competition during the battle rounds.
The “Smooth” crooner tweeted this photo of himself and his eccentric coach and has already put the hashtag #teamceelo to fine use. “I’m really excited to work with Cee Lo and love the idea that I may be in the room with a future superstar that the world has yet to discover,” Thomas told Us Weekly.
Thomas joins the likes of Mary J. Blige and Michael Buble, who will serve as mentors alongside coaches Adam Levine and Blake Shelton, respectively. (Meanwhile, the elusive mentor to coach Christina Aguilera‘s team has yet to be announced.)
This isn’t Thomas’s first trip to the TV airwaves — the “Smooth” singer guested on an episode of It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, popped up on Punk‘d (the real version) and just last week co-hosted with Kelly Ripa on Live! with Kelly. With The Voice, Thomas stands to make an even bigger splash on television, especially since every musician around him is joining a singing competition. Let’s just hope he doesn’t cause a hopeful contestant to give him a meltdown.
Season 3 of The Voice premieres on September 10 on NBC.