Unless you've been living in a cave for the past six months (and honestly, who could blame you?) you know Earth Mother Supreme Alicia Keys and human inflatable flailing tube Miley Cyrus are the new judges on The Voice this season. Both are mega-talented, grade-A awesome entertainers whose years in the game make them majorly qualified to groom the next generation of musical talent. They are also, if you hadn't noticed, vastly different in personality and approach.
Miley, in fact, just had spoilers about her approach revealed in Elle magazine, which quoted the singer as saying contestants should, "Be Bernie Sanders... don't worry about the masses." (Bernie, of course, didn't win and was steadfastly devoted to the masses, but I'm sure she didn't mean she wanted contestants to be unpopular losers. I think.) At any rate, this is also the first time The Voice will have two female judges, which is not only overdue but promises to inject a whole new energy into the show's eleventh season. How exactly will these two legends-in-the-making impact the show and its contestants? We have a few guesses.
1. Alicia, as you know, has been on this whole no-makeup kick lately, which she says is about embracing who you are in totality and not hiding from it, which is great.
2. She's always been a kind of belt-it-from-your-soul kind of lady, you know? "I have a lot to share, a lot to give and I think my perspective is something that people will really receive," she said in pre-recorded interviews given to the press by NBC. "I'm looking forward to rooting people on, and being here for the dreamers like me."
3. Honestly, Alicia — who is a mother of two — seems like the type of person who, if a contestant messes up, is much more likely to run up on stage and put his head on her chest and let him cry it out rather than scold him too harshly.
4. Miley, on the other hand? That one loves herself a performance. She's expecting quality and authenticity, sure, but Miley wants some visual pizazz. Give her an unforgettable moment, you know?
5. The last thing you ever should do with Miley is bore her. Like, srsly. Put some thought into it, even if it's majorly oddball.
6. Of course, never forget that Miley has been in the game almost her entire life — she's got an understanding of signing, writing, composing, performing and marketing practically running through her veins. She's gonna want to know contestants respect the greats before them.
7. And she'll dig people who can be fully versatile, people who are able to flawlessly pull off one style one day...
8. ...and then completely flip the script the next. "I want them to have fun on this show," she said in pre-recorded interviews. "I feel genre-less in my own life. You can do a Bangerz album and then cover Paul Simon. I can go for both."
9. Don't get it twisted though: they're both consummate professionals who won't tolerate anything less than greatness. They know any aspiring singer would be extremely lucky to get their support and advice, and they expect these hopefuls to come 100% correct.
10. These are moguls, man, and they're not about to invest in people who aren't willing to go all the way.
11. So while they may have just a few differences in their approaches...
12. ...they both have the same ultimate end result in mind: to be the absolute best. And that's really all that matters.
The Voice premieres Monday, Sept. 19 at 8/7c on NBC.