American Idol who? According to Variety, NBC executive Bob Greenblatt announced Thursday that global pop superstar Rihanna is joining The Voice — a revelation that has, if you ask me, instantly rendered all other reality competitions irrelevant, boring, and frightfully stinky. Variety explains that the badass 27-year-old singer will serve as a "key advisor" on Season 9 of the popular series, which is scheduled to premiere on Sept. 21. Gwen Stefani, Pharrell Williams, Adam Levine, and country music bad boy Blake Shelton are all returning as coaches.
Admittedly, I've never been a regular The Voice viewer (I just can't seem to get over the fact that it's never produced a successful winner and listening to Shelton speak fills me with white-hot rage for some reason), but now that Rihanna's on board, I'm on board. Come September, you better believe I'll be camping out in front of my television set two nights a week with an extravagant array of garbage snacks, just hoping to catch a glimpse of the Queen. I'm so, so excited.
Now, I have a feeling Rihanna won't appear in every episode of Season 9 — after all, she's a busy a woman with places to go and people to see — but some Rihanna on our TV screens is better than no Rihanna on our TV screens, right?
Right. Here are just a few of the v. important things we can probably look forward to now that Rihanna is going to be on The Voice:
Tons Of New Rihanna GIFs
Are you tired of spamming your friends with the same ol' Rihanna reaction GIFs, day in, day out? You're in luck! I can almost guarantee her upcoming gig on The Voice will give us all plenty of new material to work with. Rihanna's face is the best face, and I can't wait to see what it looks like when she's trying to coach a contestant through a stripped-back country rendition of her hit single "Rude Boy." (I've seen just enough episodes of The Voice to know that this is a distinct possibility.)
A Slew Of New Rihanna Quotations
Rihanna speaks her mind — and she doesn't mince words. Something tells me her feedback to contestants will be quite a bit different from the Paula Abdul–esque "make it your own" platitudes we're used to hearing on this kind of show (which is awesome).
Performances Suddenly Looking Like This...
Perhaps some of Rihanna's swag will rub off on the contestants/the show's overall production values? Could happen.
The Long-Awaited Premiere of R8
Fans have been waiting on Rih to drop a new album for, like, several hundred decades now. Does her new role on The Voice signal that it's finally coming? I'm betting the show's producers would be willing to give her as many opportunities to promote her new material as she wants. We'll just have to wait and see what happens.
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