Traditionally come January time, I wait with bated breath for “American Idol” to premiere. After the addicting first season of “The Voice“, I’m actually looking more forward for the NBC singing competition to begin rather than Fox’s venerable hit. I never thought I’d say that, but you can’t deny the blind auditions are absolutely brilliant. I’d rather watch two hours of Christina Aguilera, Adam Levine, Cee Lo Green and Blake Shelton spinning around in their swivel-chairs than those planted awful auditions on Idol. I still love Idol, but I’m so tired of those bad singers monopolizing the early part of the competition. Can I get an “amen”?
Given that the second season premiere of “The Voice” is airing after Super Bowl XLVI, it’s only fitting that the NBC reality show is super-sizing some aspects of the show for its return. Last season, each judge had a fellow musician help them mentor their respective team during the battle rounds. This time around, Christina, Adam, Cee Lo and Blake will each have two music superstars at their side. The other day, I first revealed that Kelly Clarkson and Miranda Lambert will be working with Shelton with his army of singers. Now find out who the other judges have by their side.
“These renowned musicians will bring their unique and recognizable musical styles to the teams. They are well-respected singers whose invaluable experience will be a tremendous asset to Christina Aguilera, Cee Lo Green, Adam Levine and Blake Shelton’s artists,” Paul Telegdy, NBC’s president, late night and alternative programming stated.
Team Adam Levine
Man, Alanis Morissette sure does get around. The “Ironic” singer popped up on the season finale of the “X Factor” where she sang a duet with Josh Krajcik on “Uninvited”. Alanis is mostly known for her angry woman-scorned lyrics. On the flip side, Robin Thicke is bringing his smooth vocal style to the show. These two singers will provide very different perspectives come mentoring time.
Team Blake Shelton
Two words. Kelly Clarkson. If there was no one else being featured on the show, I’d still watch just to see Kelly. Having gone through a similar process, I can’t wait to her advice. Shelton’s wife Miranda Lambert will also have sage words for the contestants. She is a best-selling country superstar after all.
Team Cee Lo Green
During the 80s and 90s, Babyface co-produced some of the biggest hits with his writing partner LA. Reid. How funny is it that Reid is on “X Factor” and now Babyface is on a competing show? Love both Ne-Yo and Babyface. They’ll perfectly complement whatever Cee Lo is advising his team.
Team Christina Aguilera
Last year XTina had the wonderful Sia on her side. This time around, she’ll have Jewel and Lionel Richie. Out of all the pairings, this seems to be the most random. You’d think Aguilera would have other “divas” helping her out. Oh wait, that probably would never happen since she loves the limelight to herself and not having to compete with other female vocal powerhouses. And that’s why I adore Christina. Girl is a serious diva.
I have to hand it to “The Voice“. They certainly brought out the big guns for Season 2. Even though I’m loving all their choices, the pairing I’m most looking forward to the most is Adam Levine’s mentors, Alanis Morissette and Robin Thicke. I love both of them and think they’ll offer up some very astute advice to the musical acts. How about you? Are you looking forward to this season? Sound off below.