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'The Voice' goes country with Faith Hill, Tim McGraw joining show as advisors

Faith Hill and Tim McGraw will serve as advisors on 'Voice' later this season. Meanwhile, how are new coaches Miley Cyrus and Alicia Keys doing on the NBC reality competition?

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    Faith Hill (l.) and Tim McGraw (r.) arrive at the world premiere of 'Tomorrowland' at AMC Downtown Disney on Saturday, May 9, 2015, in Anaheim, Calif. The two will serve as key advisors on this season of NBC's program 'The Voice.'
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Country singers Faith Hill and Tim McGraw will be appearing on the NBC singing competition “The Voice” as advisors during a season that has also seen new talent come on board the show as coaches.

Ms. Hill and Mr. McGraw will appear on “Voice” later this month.  Of course, this isn't a completely altruistic endeavor. 

The married couple announced Tuesday that they would be going on tour together for the first time in a decade, as USA Today reports.

This is the third Soul2Soul tour for the couple and marks the 10th anniversary of theirSoul2Soul II Tour, which grossed more than $100 million, making it the highest grossing country tour of all time.

The 65-city Soul2Soul the World Tour 2017 will kick off April 7 in New Orleans and wind its way to Nashville on Aug. 4 for a show at Bridgestone Arena.

Past advisors on "The Voice" include Miley Cyrus, who is now serving as a coach, as well as singers such as Pink, Dolly Parton, and Taylor Swift. 

Coaches have rotated fairly regularly on “Voice” with the exception of singers Blake Shelton and Adam Levine of Maroon 5, who have appeared on every season of the show. Other coaches, including Christina Aguilera, Shakira, and Usher, have left the show for a time, and then returned. 

But the two coaches who joined Mr. Shelton and Mr. Levine this season were new to the program (and with Cyrus and Keys joining the team, there are two female coaches on the show for the first time ever).

What do critics think of Ms. Cyrus and Ms. Keys’ work on the show? 

Entertainment Weekly writer Amanda Bell was impressed with how Cyrus and Keys worked to convince singers to join their teams, which is a key component of the show. 

“For a pair of newcomers to this coaching game, Alicia and Miley were mighty impressive in snagging away big potential from the boys,” Ms. Bell wrote. “...[In a recent episode, Keys] declares herself the queen of the four chairs after annexing [singers Shannon and Whitney] to her turf, and she’s right.” 

TVLine writer Michael Slezak, meanwhile, is very impressed so far with Cyrus’s appearances on the show. 

“Her sharp ear, unabashed enthusiasm, sense of humor and specific ideas for struggling artists have made her something approaching a revelation on a show where female coaches have never quite reached the levels of popularity achieved by original flavors Blake and Adam,” Mr. Slezak wrote.

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