The Voice will benefit from the expertise of two talented musical powerhouses next season.
We knew Gwen Stefani would leave big shoes to fill when she left The Voice, but who predicted it would take two sets of shoes? NBC announced that Miley Cyrus and Alicia Keys will coach Season 11 of The Voice, and the former Hannah Montana star confirmed the news with the tweet, "It's true!" So far, Keys has remained silent about her new, exciting job.
Cyrus will take her coveted chair from Christina Aguilera, who steps aside every other season. Stefani recently released a new album and will be spending the next few months on tour to promote her music, which leaves an empty seat alongside Blake Shelton, Adam Levine and Keys (Pharrell Williams won't return next season). And it sounds like NBC believes Cyrus appeals to the show's demographic more than singer Shakira, who has also coached contestants in the past.
"When Miley speaks, everyone pays attention. Our artists are very lucky to have the benefit of her instincts and wisdom," NBC Entertainment alternative and late-night programming president Paul Telegdy said in a statement. "Our viewers will be treated to an inside look at one of the brightest minds in music and the entertainment industry who is at the forefront of pop culture."
Telegdy certainly has a point about Cyrus' words and social media messages causing a stir, no matter what position or issue she happens to be addressing at the moment. Just this week, she took to Instagram to slam Donald Trump for comparing the appearances of his and Ted Cruz's wife with an emphatic, “Trump can’t stop won’t stop saying stupid a-- sexist s--t!!!! Comparing two women! Are you f--king kidding!” So far, her post has received 191,000 likes.
But let's talk for a minute about the real reason Cyrus deserves this high-profile opportunity. She has been performing since childhood and has a four-octave range. True, she sometimes covers material that doesn't do her voice justice, but if you're still not convinced she has a set of pipes on her, download A Very Murray Christmas and treat yourself to her rendition of "Let It Snow." Seriously, goosebumps.
And, on top of it all, she's a fierce feminist who will work her tail off to support these young, talented singers and provide them with genuine advice.
It seemed like Cyrus needed a new project and direction, and The Voice is perfect for her. And let's not forget how exciting it is to hear that Keys will join the team and contribute her strong voice and the knowledge and experience she has acquired from 15 years in the music industry. Bring on Season 11 — it sounds like it's going to be The Voice's best yet.
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