Sunday night after the Olympics, NBC ran a special thirty minute preview of Season 11 of The Voice and it was amazing. Two judges from last season are not returning. Pharell Williams to a season off to focus on his other endeavors, and Christina Aguilera left amid a bunch of rumors about her being a diva and having an issue with Gwen Stefani, who is now engaged to Blake Shelton after meeting on her season on the show. Apparently, Christina and Gwen were supposed to alternate seasons giving each a season off to tour and continue their other endeavors. The rumor is that Christina felt some kind of way about Gwen getting all the media attention during her season because of her relationship with Blake. Whether she quit or was simply not renewed, I don’t think we will see her back.
With two judges seats open, producers decided to go with two females. Christina was the only female judge ever to win The Voice but that was really only because Alison Porter picked her in the blinds. Alison was Curly Sue in the movie of the same name as was the clear front runner from her very first audition.
The producers wanted to double their chances of a female judge winning, or at the least to give Adam and Blake some stiff competition, so they brought in Miley Cyrus and Alicia Keys.
Miley was an absolutely incredible mentor last season on the show. I gained a ton of respect for her musical knowledge and how quickly she was able to problems solve with the contestants to show off their best attributes. She was miles above the coaches who would just suggest a key change or more or less vocal runs. She has a real depth of musical knowledge that made me realize she’s just not some girl with a good voice and a microphone.
Alicia Keys has a closet full of Grammys and is super relatable and also brings that star power.
But tonight in the first little peek, Miley and Alicia go after two female singers and I get the feeling there is no love lost better these two. The tagline for Season 11 is “This.Changes.Everything.” And it sure seems like that will be apt. Miley asks to sing a duet of Jolene with one of the contestants to try to win her over. It seemed like a done deal and then, at the end when the contestant mentioned that No One by Alicia Keys was her favorite song growing up, Alicia starts belting it out and wanders up on stage and sings a duet with the girl as well.
Miley did not care for that. I don’t sense any “girl power” attitude between these two. Which means this season could be even more fantastic.
The best part of the show was all four judges singing Aerosmith’s Dream One on a giant outdoor stage. It was fantastic. Listen for yourself. And watch Miley upstaging everyone and seeming to block Alicia. Miley is not an idiot, she knows how to share a stage. When she wants to. Miley has said in multiple interviews before we saw any interaction at all, “As much as the world loves to make this girl cat fight scenario, that’s actually Blake and Adam.” I’m thinking there is a reason she started denying it early.