NBC’s The Voice is adding a high-powered rocker to the mix. NBC said Thursday that Green Day vocalist and guitarist Billie Joe Armstrong has joined the talent contest as a mentor to Christina Aguilera’s team this coming season.
In a statement, Armstrong said he and his family are fans of the show. The Voice has won over viewers because “it’s not molding artists, it’s just giving them a little bit of guidance and direction without giving them a complete makeover,” he said. Besides, Armstrong says, working with Aguilera is “a lot of fun.” He started taping Wednesday on The Voice, which has been in production for season 3 since June.
As the talent contest field grows more crowded, shows are competing for big-name music stars. American Idol is adding Mariah Carey as a judge, and The X Factor signed Britney Spears and Demi Lovato.
The Voice returns Sept. 10. That’s good timing for Green Day: The band has three albums coming out in quick succession, with the first, Uno!, to be released Sept. 25.
In addition to Aguilera, the show’s coaches include Cee-Lo Green, Adam Levine and Blake Shelton. Carson Daly is the host.