‘The Voice’ Returns With An All-Star Lineup Of Guest Mentors

Its creative spin on judging vocal talent vaulted The Voice into a breakout hit. Thanks to that popularity, the caliber of performers competing in season two is sky-high. “People who never would have stood in line for any other show sought us out,” explains host Carson Daly, who credits coaches Christina Aguilera, Adam Levine, Cee Lo Green and Blake Shelton.

“These are four of the biggest names in music — all nominated for Grammys this year — willing to give back all they’ve learned.”

Like last year, The Voice begins with the coaches, their backs to the stage, picking teams in a series of blind auditions and ends with live performances. But in the battle rounds, contestants will receive extra guidance from guest mentors such as Kelly Clarkson, Alanis Morissette, Ne-Yo and Miranda Lambert.

“It takes a certain level of skill to coach up-and-coming artists,” says Christina, who recruited Jewel and Lionel Richie to aid her team. “It’s nice because we all have very different perspectives.”

The stars of The Voice point to the show’s upbeat approach to explain its popularity. “There’s a difference to being critical or just mean,” Adam explains. “Saying ‘you were terrible’ doesn’t really get us anywhere. That’s our mission statement.”

Christina agrees — and in the process she may be calling out a certain sharp-tongued reality show judge: “We’re not just sitting on a panel giving our opinions when we’ve never had the experience of doing it ourselves. I think that’s what sets us apart.”

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