Miley Cyrus and Alicia Keys will get red chairs as new judges on NBC's "The Voice" next September.
The network said it will be the first time the four-person judging panel will have two women — in previous seasons there were three male judges. Cyrus and Keys will join mainstays country star Blake Shelton and Maroon 5 lead singer Adam Levine on one of television's most popular reality shows.
Both women have experience with the show. Cyrus is an adviser this season and Keys was a mentor during a previous season.
While Shelton and Levine have been regulars, NBC tends to rotate other judges dependent upon their schedules — so other judges like Christina Aguilera, Pharrell and Gwen Stefani remain in the bullpen. Stefani has been serving as a mentor this season.
"The Voice" usually runs neck-and-neck with "Dancing With the Stars" as television's most popular competition shows, but crushes the ABC show among younger viewers. "The Voice" has passed by Fox's "American Idol," which is airing its last episode next month.
Previous advisors on the show include Taylor Swift and Coldplay lead singer Chris Martin, The Christian Science Monitor notes.
“Voice” debuted in 2011 and became a hit for its network. The show arrived in a post-“American Idol” TV landscape where “Idol” itself was still on and competitors such as “The X Factor” were still on the scene. With “X” now canceled and “Idol” airing its final season, however, “Voice” now dominates the landscape.
It continues to do well in the ratings, ranking as one of the top ten highest-rated TV shows for the 2014-2015 TV season in the valued demographic of viewers between 18 and 49 years old.
In addition, in comparison to “Idol,” the music competition that dominated the genre and TV in general for so long, “Idol” has various celebrity judges, but on “Voice,” contestants are assigned to a certain judge who gives them advice on how to succeed.
Judge Shelton said he was interested in the program because of this aspect.
“It’s not showcasing people who [are less talented] and making a mockery of anybody,” Shelton said in an interview with the Hollywood Reporter. “It’s just about good singers who all get that it’s a competition show.”