A lot of people rolled their eyes when they found out that Miley Cyrus is being added to the judging lineup for The Voice Season 11. Cyrus has something of a reputation for taking the spotlight whenever possible, so critics assumed she would do the same both as an adviser and as an eventual judge. She did attract a lot of attention tonight with her over-the-top outfits, but it would be unfair to only focus on her attire and not on the actual quality of her feedback.
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Surprisingly, Cyrus was an excellent adviser. A lot of mentors simply give the contestants pep talks, which, while inspiring, do not ultimately help these musicians make the improvements needed to move on in the competition. Cyrus, however, offered specific critiques, which the contestants were then able to use to improve their performance quality. She was by no means negative, however — hers was the epitome of constructive criticism, with singers leaving their mentoring sessions feeling motivated, but also knowing exactly what they needed to work on. As a result, tonight’s episode included some of the best Knockout performances yet.
Although a few viewers ignored Cyrus’ excellent feedback and focused on her kooky outfits, most were wise enough to see the value in her role as a mentor. Several expressed surprise, as they had not expected somebody with such an unfortunate reputation as Cyrus to be such a good adviser. Others compared her to this season’s other mentors, claiming that she did a far better job than Sean Combs.
Tonight’s episode of The Voice offered the ultimate lesson in not judging a book by its cover. At surface level, Miley Cyrus may not seem like the greatest coach, but she proved just why she deserves to have her own red chair alongside Adam Levine, Blake Shelton and Pharrell. Tonight was just a taste of what’s to come, but it’s already clear that Cyrus has a promising future on The Voice. If nothing else, her wardrobe will offer viewers endless entertainment.