NBC’s ‘The Voice’ season 11: Faith Hill, Tim McGraw sign on as Knockout Round advisers

VoiceThere are some traditions for “The Voice” that have been born out of the past several seasons, and one of the biggest ones is getting some enormous A-list music star to appear during the Knockout Rounds as a key adviser. We’ve seen Taylor Swift and Chris Martin of Coldplay do it; heck, Miley Cyrus was an adviser before taking on the role of a coach, and we wonder if this is an audition-of-sorts for the producers to see if she’d be great on the show full-time.

This season, the show is going firmly country by bringing in two people who are firmly part of music royalty: Tim McGraw and Faith Hill. The duo will oversee all four teams as the remaining artists at that point prepare for the Knockout Rounds, and see if they can make it into the live shows.

When it comes to generating social-media buzz, you’re probably not going to get the same sort of Twitter traffic with Tim and Faith as you did with a Taylor or a Miley; yet, at the same time you’re definitely going to appeal to the country crowd, and this show has an enormous base there. It does feel appropriate that this is the season they appear, since you’ve obviously got Blake Shelton on the panel, and we figure that they probably know Miley, as well, whether it be through her father Billy Ray or some of the work she’s done.

As much as we’re glad to see the two of them, we still admit that the Battle Rounds / Knockouts for the show are in need of a major overhaul. We almost wish that the show would move over to something like the Judge Cuts on “America’s Got Talent,” where we’d have four shows, and in each one, the coaches would narrow down their teams just using more standard performances. That way, we could get to the live shows quickly, and not waste too much time on all of these edited packages.

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