Why Mary J. Blige is a Great Foil for Adam Levine on 'The Voice'

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Mentors on "The Voice" are wasting no time solidifying their teams for next season, as the battle to uncover and develop the best new talent becomes increasingly personal for the two year veteran mentors. Blake Shelton snagged smooth crooner Michael Buble as his second in command for Season 3, seriously upping the anti in the friendly competition between he and fellow mentors, Adam Levine, Christina Aguilera and Cee Lo Green.

Now Levine has seen Shelton's bet and laid down a raise of his own. Yesterday he announced that his next deputy adviser will be reining R&B queen, Mary J. Blige. The "No More Drama" singer is the perfect yen to Levine's yang. In choosing a partner who compliments his own strengths, Levine has created a Teflon coated mentoring team that'll be hard to beat. Here's why.

You Complete Me

She's female. He's male. She's an R&B singer with an urban bite. He's a wiry pop idol. He's young and trendy. She's mature, and has managed to remain relevant despite her longevity. Blige brings to the table many of the qualities Levine lacks on his own. With Blige on his team, Levine can support a wider variety of potential winners.

Experience Matters

Blige has been down this path before. She was a standout mentor on Season 11 of "American Idol," easily conveying her advice to the hopefuls through her words and her example. With one of the most powerful and versatile voices in the recording industry today, Blige effortlessly demonstrated exactly what the contender should sound like in a way that they could easily and successfully mimic.

She also has a natural instinct for matching the right voice with the right song, which is something Levine has struggled with.

She's a Role Model

Blige's ghetto fabulous" style, along with her personal story of overcoming abuse and poverty have made her a beacon of light for girls in similar circumstances. Having her on Team Adam could make a difference when young ladies - especially R&B singers - have to decide between several turned chairs. And let's face it, the best singers are going to get a choice of mentors.

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