The Voice is continuing on its quest to to beat American Idol and The X Factor as the nation’s preferred talent competition by adding a new roster of celebrities to its lineup. Cher, Ed Sheeran, Miguel, and Ryan Tedder will all take part in the upcoming season as advisers. Sheeran and Miguel will work with the newly returned judges Christina Aguilera and Cee Lo Green, respectively, while Tedder will assist Adam Levine and Cher will team up with Blake Shelton.
It’s a remarkable change for Shelton, who up until this point has worked almost entirely with other country artists as his guest mentors. Perhaps being the winning judge for three consecutive seasons has finally given him the confidence to try something new. Sheeran, meanwhile, seems a little too shy and sweet to be partnered with Aguilera, whose outspoken personality has made her a popular topic of conversation during the season. Tedder and Levine, meanwhile, are the most logically matched team and ,unfortunately, promise to be the most boring.
This season’s most entertaining duo, however, should be Miguel and Green. It’s a bit of a surprising decision for Miguel, music’s current king of cool, to appear on a talent comeptition, but pairing him with Green makes perfect sense. And since both have a history of wacky antics — the pet cockatoo, the infamous leg drop — it’s only a matter of time before insanity completely takes over. Hey, remember when The Voice was about singing rather than just the judges acting up? Nope, us neither.
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