Ariana Grande joins ‘The Voice’ as the highest paid coach

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Ariana Grande announced this week that she will fill Nick Jonas’ empty red chair for season 21 of The Voice. With Ariana joining the team, the coaches will be nicely balanced with two men, John Legend and Blake Shelton, and two women, Kelly Clarkson and Ariana. Why did Ariana decide to make the jump back to the small screen? Well, according to Rob Shutter from the Naughty But Nice podcast, she had 25 million reasons to do so. Apparently, Ariana scored between $20 and $25 million in the deal, making her The Voice’s highest paid coach ever.

Ariana Grande is bringing in the big bucks!

The 27-year-old “God Is A Woman” superstar announced earlier in the week that she will be joining The Voice next season as a coach.

According to Rob Shuter from iHeartRadio’s Naughty But Nice podcast, she’s also the highest paid coach ever on the show!

“Sources say Ariana is getting a whopping 20 to 25 million dollars for the show, putting her in the same category as Katy Perry on American Idol. Kelly Clarkson got about $15 million when she joined The Voice,” he reported.

[From Just Jared]

Blake and John each earn about $13M a season so, as Rob pointed out on his podcast, the women are the biggest bread winners on the show. I thought I remembered Miley Cyrus making some huge payday when she signed on in season 11, but she earned about $13M, same as the others. I understand that the money is to attract the talent that will bring in viewers and advertisers, but if we were going off straight qualifications, Kelly should be the top earner. She’s the only one who’s gone through and won a singing competition. I like Ari but I’m a little surprised to see her get that kind of payday from this. Although she has the same draw and appeal as Katy Perry, so she should be earning the same figure as Katy. I wonder if Ari will have to promote as hard as Katy does for American Idol? Speaking of Katy and her rival show, if anyone was thinking of adding TV singing coach to their resume, go for The Voice rather than AI. According to Just Jared, other than Katy, AI pays lower salaries across the board. Lionel Richie earns the least – he was a Commodore, for crissakes!

I have no doubt Ari will be entertaining and will fit in well with those other personalities. I’m sure NBC will get their money’s worth. For those who can’t wait to see Ari in season 21, there’s a special treat for you this season: it was just announced that Snoop Dogg is joining season 20 as a mega mentor. Aw man, how much would it take to get Snoop to coach a full season?

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