Miley Cyrus and Alicia Keys have been named to be in “The Voice” judges chairs for Season 11. They will be replacing current judges Christina Aguilera and Pharrell Williams, who have opted to sit out the next season. Aguilera’s absence has been ongoing for on alternate seasons since Season 5, when Shakira took her chair. Gwen Stefani, who has alternated the last four seasons with Aguilera, has opted out for Season 11 as well.
The Hollywood Reporter confirmed March 25 that NBC Television had hired on pop stars Miley Cyrus and Alicia Keys to fill the revolving chairs on “The Voice” in the upcoming eleventh season, the two to be bracketed by and caught in the verbal crossfire of the hit show’s pair of mainstays, Adam Levine and Blake Shelton. It will be the first season where two females have judged. That could prove a big deal by the time Season 10 ends, especially if Christina Aguilera doesn’t pull off a victory. Why? Because, to date, no female judge has ever won. (In fact, Levine and Shelton have won seven of the previous contests, with Shelton winning four. Usher and Pharrell have each won one season.)
Miley Cyrus, who is scheduled to mentor all four teams on Season 10, took to Twitter to confirm her new position. She wrote her 28 million followers she would be the “newest judge on Season 11 of ‘The Voice’.”
With Cyrus working as an advisor to all the judges in Season 10, she will enter Season 11 on an even footing with Alicia Keys, who was an advisor to Team Pharrell during Season 7. Both women have previously mentored on rival singing competition “American Idol” as well.
Miley Cyrus has been a household name virtually from the time she became the “Hannah Montana” on the hit Disney show. She’s been making hit music for almost as long, first charting in 2006 with the song “Best Of Both Worlds” from her hit show. A decade later, she’s had six No. 1 albums (both as herself and her alter ego Hannah Montana) on the Billboard 200 and sold millions of albums and singles as she performs to sold-out venues around the world.
Alicia Keys had her first hit in 2001, topping the Billboard Hot 100 with her first single, “Fallin’,” from her diamond-certified (10 million units sold), Grammy-winning debut album, Songs In A Minor. Sales of her recordings worldwide are in the tens of millions. Keys, who recently was cast in the hit Fox Television series, “Empire,” has placed five of her seven albums, including her last studio release, 2012’s Girl On Fire, in the No. 1 spot on the Billboard 200.
So will the two women be a good fit for “The Voice?” With Miley Cyrus’ over-the-top pop style and Alicia Keys’ dynamic presence and talent, Season 11 of the hit show will undoubtedly again be don’t-miss television.