“The Voice” brings in Ariana Grande as new judge

By Angelina Herrera

Ariana Grande at Grammys Red Carpet 2020, Cosmopolitan UK via Wikimedia Commons

 The twenty-first season of “The Voice” has brought in a new coach. Since Nick Jonas’ departure, NBC has brought in Ariana Grande to join the judge’s chairs with Blake Shelton, John Legend, and Kelly Clarkson. Offering a new face and perspective for competitors, Ariana Grande has been a joy to watch.

While most other reality television shows focus on individual competition, “The Voice” brings a team-based approach to get to the final winner. Each judge coaches their team through various stages in order to get to one final winner.

The four judges gather a team based on the blind auditions where the judges hear but cannot see the person auditioning. If any of the four coaches turn their chairs for that performance, the competitor joins or chooses a team. 

This season, there is a twist during the blind auditions. All four coaches have a chance to “block” a certain coach from choosing a potential team member. 

“The Voice” offers viewers the chance to see what it is like working with professional singers and how much dedication it takes to grow as a singer. After final performances on stage, each coach gives feedback to each singer based on how they performed. 

Throughout the competition, each judge has one save and one steal which allows competitors to stay on the show for one more round. 

The show also brings in guest coaches and this season saw Ed Sheeran working with competitors.

“The Voice” seems to be struggling with younger viewers however with one of the original coaches Adam Levine leaving. There has been a string of younger artists brought in as judges to try to fill that void that singers like Blake Shelton, Gwen Stefani, and Jennifer Hudson can’t fill. Miley Cyrus and Nick Jonas were an attempt to bring in that audience, and Ariana Grande seems to be working toward that same goal. 

The biggest issue seems to be, however, the issue of creating a winning artist that gains any fame. Unlike shows like American Idol that create winners like Kelly Clarkson and Carrie Underwood, few of the winners of “The Voice” ever achieve that same fame.

Maybe Ariana Grande will be able to bring “The Voice” the magic it needs to bring in the audience and the fame it needs.