‘The Voice’ Announces This Year’s Mega Mentor: Ed Sheeran

by Leanne Stahulak
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And this year’s Mega Mentor on “The Voice” is… pop superstar Ed Sheeran! The singing competition announced his role on the show earlier today via Twitter.

According to People magazine, Sheeran will work with contestants exclusively during the Knockouts Round. The Knockouts air on Oct. 25, meaning we’re only weeks away from seeing the pop star on our screens. During the round, Sheeran will offer his advice to the remaining contestants, helping them choose the perfect song and make good technical decisions for their Knockouts performance.

The Knockouts come after both the Blind Auditions and Battle Rounds. “The Voice” coaches will have selected all their team members during the auditions, and now, during the Battles, each team member will compete against another member of their own team. They’ll sing the same song, being guided by their individual coaches.

The coaches, Ariana Grande, Blake Shelton, John Legend, and Kelly Clarkson, must choose which of the two team members will advance. Whoever advances eventually works with Sheeran for the Knockouts. Coaches also have the opportunity to save contestants they don’t want to see go home or steal another coach’s contestant who loses the Battle.

For the Knockouts, Sheeran must use all of his musical expertise to help “The Voice” contestants pick the song that best showcases their talents. They’ll once again compete against members of their own team, but they don’t find out their competitor until minutes before they perform.

Sheeran will join the ranks of several other superstars who have acted as Mega Mentors on “The Voice.” In earlier seasons, Taylor Swift, Rihanna, and Snoop Dog have all stepped into the role. Now, we’ll see how Sheeran holds up as a Mega Mentor.

Ed Sheeran Fans Can’t Wait to See Him as the Mega Mentor on ‘The Voice’

Ed Sheeran’s first on-screen “The Voice” appearance takes place four days before the release of his newest album. On Oct. 29, Sheeran’s fourth full-length album, “= (Equals),” releases.

It’ll be good publicity for both the show and the singer to have his episode premiere around the same time as his new album release. Fans have already swarmed the official “The Voice” Twitter page to share their excitement.

“THIS IS THE BEST THING TO EVER HAPPEN,” one ecstatic fan commented on the announcement tweet.

“Omg omg omg I’m freaking out rn,” another fan wrote.

A Twitter user named Ryan Bartholomee tweeted, “Nice! I can’t wait to see his mentoring in action! #VoiceKnockouts.”

Several fans hope to see him perform at some point or another on “The Voice” stage, especially from his new album.

= (Equals) is a really personal record and one that means a lot to me,” Sheeran said in a statement in August. “My life changed greatly over the past few years — I got married, became a father, experienced loss, and I reflect on these topics over the course of the album. I see it as my coming-of-age record, and I can’t wait to share this next chapter with you.”

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