Miley Cyrus will be getting a chair on The Voice for season 11. The Hollywood Reporter confirmed the news that Miley will be taking Christina Aguilera’s place for season 11. Normally Gwen Stefani fills Aguilera’s spot, but Blake Shelton’s girlfriend was passed by when picking seats, and Miley will be judging on the singing competition instead.
News of Miley’s new role on The Voice came just days before her role as a key advisor on the show, working with all four groups of contestants during her visit. Apparently Cyrus did well during her appearance because now she has been upgraded and will appear in season 11 alongside Adam Levine, Blake Shelton and Alicia Keys.
— Miley Ray Cyrus (@MileyCyrus) March 26, 2016
Aguilera normally coaches a season and then takes one off, and that won’t be changing. She is currently sitting alongside the three male judges, Shelton, Williams, and Levine. Normally, when Christina takes a season off, either Shakira or Gwen Stefani will fill in for her. Gwen hasn’t commented on why she won’t be taking back her usual replacement seat, but it’s a safe guess that she will be busy promoting her new album.
With both Miley Cyrus and Alicia Keys signing on, season 11 will be the first time that two new female coaches have come to the show at the same time. Miley tweeted to confirm her new role on season 11 of The Voice:
“It’s true! I am going to be the newest judge on Season 11 of The Voice.”
In all her excitement, the “Wrecking Ball” singer must have forgotten that they are called coaches on that particular show, not judges. Either way, she’ll be entertaining sitting in the chair with Alicia, Adam, and Blake.
— The Voice (@NBCTheVoice) March 23, 2016
Some are wondering just how effective Miley might be as a coach on The Voice. There have been a few references made to the time that Miley joined American Idol to mentor contestants in 2010. While her own performance of “The Climb” was pretty impressive and proved that she has star power, the contestants that she mentored during the Billboard Number One Hits week didn’t fare so well. Now just to be fair, Miley was only 17 years old at the time of the mentoring, and certainly she has grown a lot in the nearly six years since that appearance on rival singing competition American Idol. Let’s hope for her team’s sake that she has grown a lot. Check out the video of teenage Miley acting as a mentor.
Now that Miley Cyrus is done with her Dead Petz tour, she’s been booking a lot of TV gigs. In addition to The Voice, Miley is starring in a Woody Allen TV series made for Netflix. She’s also been busy dodging rumors of a reconciliation and impending marriage to Liam Hemsworth. It seems that the “Can’t Be Tamed” singer is filling up her schedule with projects near home from the rest of 2016.
Some fans of The Voice are upset that Gwen Stefani won’t be returning to the position. The flirtation between Gwen and Blake Shelton was often a highlight of season 9, and rumors of their developing romance helped fuel ratings for the show. Stefani fans don’t need to worry, though, because the singer is taking time off to tour, making her more accessible to fans than ever. Besides, maybe she’ll decide to come mentor some of Blake’s team again. In the meantime, the new additions of Miley Cyrus and Alicia Keys should prove interesting on season 11 of The Voice.
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