Longtime The Voice coach and R&B superstar John Legend spoke about his former team mentor, pop star Camila Cabello, joining the show for its upcoming 22nd season.
Here’s why Legend can’t believe they’re allowing her to be on the show:
In an interview with NBC Insider, Legend opened up about Cabello replacing Kelly Clarkson, who is sitting out season 22 amid her ongoing divorce battle. The legend said the 25-year-old Cabello was not to be underestimated and they definitely made things “more difficult” by allowing “her” to be on the show.
“I made it harder on myself by allowing her to be my competition,” Legend joked. “And now she comes for the crown. We should all be careful.”
Legend is actually the one who told Cabello to keep moving on “The Voice,” and told NBC Insider that as soon as she mentored his team in Season 21, he knew she’d make a great coach.
“She was on Team Legend as my celebrity guest mentor and I could tell she was really good at it,” Legend said. “In fact, I told her, ‘If a Coach opening ever comes along, you should do it because you’d be great at it.'”
Before branching out on her own to pursue a solo career, Cabello was one-fifth in the girl group Fifth Harmony, which formed in the 2012 season two US version of The X Factor. The X Factor on The Voice as she decided which reality singing competition to audition for, and for a really sweet reason.
On an episode of “The Late Late Show,” where Cabello teamed up with host James Corden for some “carpool karaoke,” the host asked her what inspired her to audition for “The X Factor,” and she accepted first Let’s say it was actually because of Harry Styles.
“I was 15, I was a huge One Direction fan and I was like ‘The Voice.’ [or] ‘X Factor’? And I said, “Well, One Direction will be on X Factor, I don’t know if they’ll be on The Voice, so let me audition for X Factor,” Cabello said, adding. “It’s really embarrassing and I can only say that because of course it was like 10 years ago, but I was literally like, ‘I’m auditioning for The X Factor because I’m going to marry Harry Styles.’ … I was like, ‘I’m going to audition for X Factor, we’re going to meet, I’m going to be a singer, and we’re probably going to fall in love.'”
She added, “By the way, this is the first time I’ve ever confessed the true intention behind my audition for ‘X Factor.'”
One Direction was the hugely successful boy band formed in the seventh season of the UK’s ‘X Factor’, similar to Fifth Harmony in the US version.
Cabello left Fifth Harmony in late 2016 and has since released three studio albums and four Top 10 singles with “Bad Things”, “Havana”, “Never Be the Same” and “Senorita”. When asked by Corden if she misses being in a band, she said she really doesn’t, but not because of any bad feelings.
“Honestly, no, but there aren’t any uncomfortable feelings because … we were so young, I’m such a different person than I was then. There were definitely some really funny moments. And you know what, I miss being in a band in the sense that when I’m doing promo or whatever I want to have other people next to me that I’m happy to joke with, but I don’t miss it to share creative choices five ways,” the pop star admitted.
The Voice returns for its 22nd season on NBC in fall 2022.
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