It’s official! Blake Shelton has joined the ‘coaching panel’ of the new NBC reality singing show The Voice. NBC teamed up with hit-making reality show pioneers John de Mol, Mark Burnett and Warner Horizon Television to bring the show to America. The Voice of Holland is the name of Holland’s top-rated vocal talent discovery show. The grand prize winner of The Voice will receive $100,000 and a record deal.
Known as a country music singer/songwriter, Blake Shelton will sit on the ‘coaching panel’ with Christina Aguilera, Cee-lo Green and Adam Levine, reports People Magazine. Shelton claimed the coveted title of ‘Male Vocalist of the Year’ at the 2010 CMA Awards. Fans will also see him April 3 when he co-hosts the Academy of Country Music Awards with superstar Reba McEntire. Shelton and his fiancee country superstar Miranda Lambert on plan to marry later this year.
The 34-year-old superstar recently had this to say about his involvement with the new show: “I’m not sure The Voice knows what they signed on for by bringing me on the show. I know this for sure, Christina, Cee Lo, Adam and I are going to have a blast and I am extremely excited to be part of a show that recognizes true vocal talent”.
The show premieres on April 26th, and the four mentors will form teams of the contestants based on blind auditions. The contestants then compete against each other in vocal battles, hoping to be crowned the winner, a check for $100,000, and a recording contract.
Yes, it sounds a lot like American Idol, but I have to tell you, I like the twist of holding blind auditions!