Now they're just rubbing it in. American Idol is in crisis mode with its judging panel, with Steven Tyler and Jennifer Lopez confirming that they will not return, while Randy Jackson likely seems due for at least a demotion as well, and the show producers reportedly looking to slash budget for the upcoming season. Yet over at NBC, the prosperity appears boundless—The Voice already has a stable quartet of coaches (assuming Christina and Adam can play nice), and they keep adding to their supporting cast of assistant coaches, or "mentors" as the show calls them.
Today, the show announced two new adds to their mentorship program: Mary J. Blige and Michael Bublé. Blige will be assisting with Adam Levine's team ("I've always been a huge fan of Mary J. Blige," Adam said to Rolling Stone, "So it's been great having her on The Voice as an adviser to my team") while Bublé will be helping out on Team Blake. Can't wait to see the footage of those two going vest shopping together!
Pretty good gets—the Queen of R&B and the pre-eminent standard crooner of the 2010s, two of the most respected singers in the business right now. American Idol would probably love to have either of them to fill their judging chairs full-time—assuming the price tag wasn't too steep—but The Voice can afford to pick them up as bit players on their roster. Yet another piece of evidence that the changing of the guard in the reality TV market is a real thing, and that Idol is gonna have a ton of catching up to do to remain relevant when the off-season is over.