Watch Chris Martin’s The Voice Debut

True Confessions time: I watched just about every episode of the first three seasons of The Voice. It was actually a pretty good show! That was when the judging panel was Adam Levine, Blake Shelton, Cee-Lo, and Xtina. The next season, Shakira and Usher replaced Cee-Lo and Xtina, and the show lost whatever magical chemistry made it special, and then it brought back Cee-Lo and Xtina, but it still kinda sucked, and THEN it pulled the Cee-Lo-Xtina/Shakira-Usher swap AGAIN, and now it all just feels really desperate and sad to me. It’s not like the musicians on the show are ever any good, so you’re really only watching for the judges, right? Anyway, as part of The Voice’s continual flailing, the show enlisted the newly single Chris Martin as guest coach, meaning he meets with the contestants and gives them advice on how to step up their respective games. The first Voice segment with Martin aired last night, and you can watch footage of his contributions below, although it’s pretty useless stuff. (“Use a mic stand as a prop,” etc.) He’s back on the show tonight and next Monday. In other recent Voice news: NBC confirmed via tweet that Pharrell will join the judging panel next season:

I really like Pharrell, so maybe that will be enticement for me to watch again, but honestly it’s been a few years now and I don’t miss it one bit, so … probably not? (I have seen every episode of The Sing-Off, though. That’s my favorite singing show by far, and Ben Folds is the best judge on TV, any category, period.) Anyway, here’s Coach Martin: