Ariana Grande surprised fans moments ago by revealing that she has joined The Voice as a coach.
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Taking to social media, the songbird announced that she will be taking residence in a spinning chair on season 21 of the NBC talent search. She said:
“surprise !!! i am beyond thrilled, honored, excited to be joining @kellyclarkson @johnlegend @blakeshelton next season ~ season 21 of @nbcthevoice! @nickjonas we will miss you.”
Grande, who has established herself as a prolific chart force, joins a growing list of major names to board the long-running show as a judge. Said list includes Christina Aguilera, Alicia Keys, Shakira, Usher, and Gwen Stefani.
Now, this is a shocker!
On the one hand, Ari is equipped as it comes to guiding vocalists to the top.
Yet, this may be as contemporary a star as the show has ever managed to secure. And one has to wonder whether the inability for artists to tour due to the global health crisis has necessitated that they embrace other means of making it rain – such as joining a hit show. And make no mistake, The Voice is renowned for shelling out big bucks for big talent. It goes without saying Ari may be one of – if not “the” – biggest name they’ve booked (relative to said artist’s current commercial clout).
In any case, this is a huge coup for the show and very likely a huge payday for Ms. Grande.