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Here’s Who Should Replace Adam Levine on ‘The Voice’ (…If He Ever Leaves)

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The past few seasons have been a little rough on The Voice coach Adam Levine. He hasn’t had a winner since season 9 in the fall of 2015. He hasn’t had a finalist since season 13 in fall of 2017. Last season, he was caught in a controversy (#bathrobegate) when he supported his team member Reagan Strange over fellow Team Adam’s DeAndre Nico. And now, he only has two team members left in the Top 13 this season, but neither of them made it through on the public’s vote.

All these failures have caused fans to question whether Adam’s heart is really in The Voice anymore. And it’s been made clear by past contestants that he doesn’t have much interaction with them after the show. Will he stick around though? And who would replace him if he didn’t?

Well consider this our formal pitch! *drumroll please*

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Brendon Urie

Yes, Panic! At the Disco’s front-man Brendon Urie. He’s the perfect man for the job! Let’s look at some of the biggest reasons why.


Reason #1: Brendon is an insanely talented, accomplished vocalist.

Brendon Urie is well known for his four-octave range and insane high notes. He has been the lead singer of Panic! At the Disco since 2004. The band has released six studio albums with Brendon at the head. They’ve won an American Music Award, an MTV Video Music Award, and two iHeartRadio Music Awards. In addition, they’ve been nominated for a Grammy Award and multiple Billboard Music Awards, four of which are pending. He’s definitely a coach you’d want to learn from!


Reason #2: His covers are top notch and he can sing anything.

You may remember the video of Brendon Urie singing Queen’s “Bohemian Rhapsody” on tour going viral. And for good reason! His cover of the impossibly difficult song was flawless. Not many people can cover Freddie Mercury, but he pulls it off. It was so popular that the cover was recorded and added to the “Suicide Squad” soundtrack. That versatility and his originality can help with contestants trying to make covers their own.


Reason #3: He’s been in the music scene for 15 years, performing, writing, and producing.

Brendon has been publicly active in music since 2004. He has a lot of experience singing, playing guitar, writing songs, and producing music. He’s not only written his own music for Panic! At the Disco, but he also wrote a song for the recent SpongeBob SquarePants musical. Brendon has also collaborated with artists like Fall Out Boy, Dillon Francis, Lil Dicky, and now Taylor Swift!


Reason #4: He’s familiar with all different genres of music, from pop and rock to jazz and Broadway.

Obviously Brendon is well-versed in pop and rock music. But he is famously a huge fan of the classics too. Brendon loves Frank Sinatra, to the point where he even has a tattoo of the singer’s face! He’s also appeared in “Kinky Boots” on Broadway. His musical influences include Frank Sinatra, Queen, David Bowie, and Blink 182’s Tom DeLonge. He would have a varied mental library of songs for all different contestants on his team.


Reason #5: Brendon is a true performer and he’s killed it on The Voice stage before.

Brendon not only excels in singing, but he’s a talented performer. He takes command of the stage and would have great tips to get young, up-and-coming artists out of their shell. You can really tell that he loves what he does. He’s even showcased his skills on The Voice stage! Just last year, he performed at the Finale.


Reason #6: He has a great, fun and goofy personality but isn’t afraid to speak his mind.

Maybe what Brendon’s fans love most about him is his personality. He’s got a lot of energy! He would be so much fun to watch on The Voice stage. Plus, he’s just straight up hilarious. His banter with the other judges would be priceless, especially since he’s great with sarcasm. Brendon isn’t afraid to say what he’s thinking either, which would make for great television.


Reason #7: Everyone loves him.

Lastly, he’s just a likable guy! Brendon is talented, goofy, friendly, attractive, energetic. What’s not to love about him? Contestants would flock to his team for someone new and renowned, but still in Adam’s lane.

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Other Contenders

If Brendon Urie doesn’t work out or isn’t available, there are a few other acceptable options for an Adam Levine replacement that came to mind.

Ryan Tedder of OneRepublic has been on the show before and would be a good fit. He’s also working on Adam Levine’s new show Songland, so he’s down to be involved in the television world. Similarly, Chris Martin from Coldplay has been the Knockouts Adviser before and fronts one of the biggest bands in the world right now. Nick or Joe Jonas would also be fun additions! Nick has been a Battles Adviser on The Voice before and Joe Jonas has been a coach on The Voice in Australia. Plus, with the Jonas Brothers making their big return, now is the perfect time to jump on board! Finally, we’ll suggest Mark Ronson. He’s an accomplished musician, songwriter, and producer who has worked with all the biggest names in music (Miley Cyrus, Adele, Lady Gaga, Amy Winehouse, Bruno Mars). Mark would also bring a producer’s insight to the show and contestants!

Or, of course, I wouldn’t hate a season with Kelly Clarkson, John Legend, Jennifer Hudson/Alicia Keys, and Blake Shelton! But hey, maybe that’s just me.

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