The competition show talent shuffle continues today, with word that Billie Joe Armstrong has signed on to The Voice as a mentor on Christina Aguilera‘s team. The Grammy winning Green Day frontman explained in a statement accompanying the announcement that he chose The Voice because it is “not molding artists, it’s just giving them a little bit of guidance and direction without giving them a complete makeover.” Which is to say that it is, by his figuring, as close to punk as these sorts of shows come. Aguilera’s not exactly Kathleen Hanna or even Haley Williams, but that’s not really been Armstrong’s thing for a while now, and he assures that the two are having fun together. And if this means more “Longview” on the tube, well, we’ll go ahead and look the other way.
The vying of the different singing competition shows for A-list talent has become a real spectacle this round, with rumors of big names and bigger salaries accounting for most of their between season press. Mariah Carey or Britney Spears are likely draw extra eyes to Idol and The X Factor, respectively, and so it’s been fun watching as the bar raises. But it’s hard not to wonder what this cycle means for the talent these shows are actually turning out. Should someone be checking in on Jermaine Paul?