For the first time ever, Season 11 of The Voice will enlist two women coaches on the panel.
The 10th season of The Voice is barely underway, but it was announced on Friday (March 25) that two super star singers will replace Pharrell Williams and Christina Aguilera on the 11th season. Come September, Miley Cyrus and Alicia Keys will join Adam Levine and Blake Shelton as featured coaches.
Cyrus, who acts as a guest mentor on the current season, reportedly signed a “megabucks” deal for the job, The Wrap reports. Season veterans Levine and Shelton earn $13 million per season, and it’s persuading NBC to look elsewhere for lower-cost alternatives. A source close to the show claims execs are eyeing other celebrity judges to replace them for less in future seasons.
If you’re not convinced Miley Cyrus has what it takes to act as a mentor on the show, think of the many seasons she acted on Hannah Montana, her roots in folk, and experience producing several pop records, a couple country songs and the indie-pop-rock tunes she crafted with Flaming Lips’ frontman Wayne Coyne. If that didn’t sway you, revisit her 2012 backyard session singing “Jolene.”
Hiring Alicia Keys, who has won 15 Grammys and sold 35 million albums world-wide, needs no convincing.
This also means Christina Aguilera’s return to the pop music scene is imminent.