For the Season 22 launch of the NBC reality singing competition on Monday night, Camila Cabello was introduced as the show’s newest coach, joining returning judges Gwen Stefani, John Legend, and Blake Shelton. Last season, Cabello made a previous appearance on the program as Legend’s celebrity advisor.
Cabello, whose musical career began with an appearance on “The X Factor” in 2012, is excited to develop the upcoming talent. “It feels very full circle ‘cause I started on a singing competition show,” stated Cabello in a pre-taped interview. “I hope these people become better artists and get to live their dreams.”
Kick-starting the show, Nashville singer, Morgan Myles, was the first performer to get the coaches’ attention this season. His soulful cover of Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah” and his raspy voice caused all four judges to swivel around in their chairs. Shelton used a “heart-to-heart chat” that alluded to their common struggles as struggling musicians in an effort to influence Myles and keep the attention on himself.
But in order to convince Myles to join her squad, Cabello used a more diplomatic strategy.
“I want what’s best for you and if what you want is Blake’s support and help to be a country artist, absolutely,” said Cabello. “If what you want is to (find) your own lane – you’re not a country artist, you’re not a pop artist, you’re just Morgan – then I would be really excited to work with you.”
In the end, Cabello won, and Myles agreed to join Team Camila.