According to Elle, NBC’s The Voice hasn’t had a hard time landing megastars to sit in its massive red chairs. But this time the producers have topped themselves: None other than Rihanna will be bossing around the coaches on the ninth season of the talent competition.
Rihanna will serve as a “key advisor” to judges Gwen Stefani, Adam Levine, Blake Shelton, and Pharrell Williams, although her exact role in the show has not been confirmed.
In the past, the series had recruited stars like Stevie Nicks, Alicia Keys, Lionel Richie, and Miranda Lambert to be advisors. Usually each advisor sticks to one judge; it is unclear if the trend will continue or if Rihanna’s appearance will change things.
“This is one of music’s true supervisors coming on board to influence the lives and careers of the performers,” NBC chairman Robert Greenblatt said at the TCA press tour in Los Angeles. The show starts in September.