|Adam and Ryan Tedder on The Voice's fifth season.|
NBC's network-saving reality television show The Voice has seen various changed its coach line-up over the past four years of it's existence. In 2011, the series premiered in the States with the original coach panel being Adam Levine, Cee Lo Green, Christina Aguilera, and Blake Shelton. However, in early 2013, the show saw a new line-up change on the coaches panel with Usher and Shakira replacing Cee Lo and Christina for season 4. Then when the next season came along, Cee Lo and Christina were back on. And THEN season 6 saw the return of Usher and Shakira. Season 7 became one of the most talked about seasons yet when fresh faces Pharrell Williams and No Doubt front-women Gwen Stefani replaced Usher and Shak's red chairs. Now, its season 8 and we are seeing a rather wonky line-up of Adam, Pharrell, Christina, and Blake. We're looking forward to the change, however some fans aren't too fond of Xtina's return (or maybe they just really loved Gwen's presence).
But I was sitting here wondering, what if Adam Levine, arguably the best coach that the show has ever had the pleasance of having, ever decided to quit or leave temporarily (even though Levine has stated numerous times he'd never take a break, he'd rather quit and not be replaced)? Well, I came up with 5 musicians who I would definitely recommend to replace Levine's spot.
Here we go.
5. Robin Thicke
Not a lot of people are a fan of R&B crooner Robin Thicke due to his recent controversy with "Blurred Lines", and his awkward Paula era. But as an actually talented person and a wise man when it comes to songwriting and production, Thicke could be a very worthy coach/judge for The Voice to have. Maybe for a season or two, at least. Thicke is most prominently known for his rise to fame with the release of his 2013 disco-driven album Blurred Lines and the singles it pushed out. Thicke actually toured with Maroon 5 in early 2014 on their European run on the Overexposed Tour. So, it wouldn't be too far out of the ball park for Robin to fill Adam's coaching shoes.
4. Patrick Stump of Fall Out Boy
Patrick Stump, in my opinion, has one of the best voices of our generation. He's the lead singer of one of the biggest bands in pop music at the moment (vocalist for Fall Out Boy), and he's one of the most talented men in pop punk. Stump has a brief history on The Voice's run: During season 7, he was a mentor for Adam Levine's team during the Live Playoffs and Fall Out Boy has rocked the stage twice performing their hits "Centuries" and "My Songs Know What You Did In The Dark (Light 'Em Up)." Stump is also a very sophisticated musician. He can play guitar and every other instrument in the book and his #1 passion is: music. And that's what's important for the show, amiright?
3. Justin Timberlake
Now, I know this is a long shot. The biggest pop star in the entire world, Justin Timberlake, is the busiest man in show business and he has better things to do (and to get paid for) than to sit around for 5 months and to teach amateurs how to sing and perform and such. However, Timberlake's talent and performance ability is so off-the-charts that if he ever shared his wisdom on the show as a coach on the panel, he'd probably win. Probably? He will win. Unlike the previous two musicians I listed above, Timberlake hasn't contributed to show as a mentor or anything, really. For all we know, he probably has never watched the show before. But hey, if he was ever on the show, even for one season, he'd do the show some good and boost it's seemingly recent low-ratings.
2. Pat Monahan of Train
Frontman of pop-folk-rock group Train, Pat Monahane, is a very experienced man when it comes to the art that is music. And he has been in the music business since he was nearly 20 years old. His band, Train, is one of the most successful rock bands in modern rock and has a unique enough voice to lend the show. Unsure of the rating the show would get if Monahane ever replaced Levine, the "Hey, Soul Sister" singer would definitely have more wisdom than most singers to give to the contestants no matter what stage of the season.
1. Ryan Tedder of One Republic
This man is a genius when it comes to anything, really, and that is why he is my #1 pick for this specific countdown. Mister Ryan Tedder, frontman of the multi-platinum pop rock outfit One Republic, is known for his skillful songwriting, gifted production talent, and his euphoric singing voice. He's has an amazing history with The Voice and has even worked with Adam and his team on a number of occasions. He was a mentor for Levine and his team throughout Season 5 and One Republic has performed on The Voice 2 or 3 times (not sure of the exact number). But I do know that One Republic gave a killer performance of my favorite song from last year, "Love Runs Out", on the show's sixth season.
So what do you think of this countdown? Do you agree with my #1 choice? Who do you think should replace Adam's red seat when the time comes? Share with us in the comments OR on Twitter @M5NewsRoom!