While Pharrell’s co-judges have called upon the help of stars like Gwen Stefani and Patti LaBelle to serve as mentors for this season of ‘The Voice.’ Pharrell chose his personal mentor, Sean “Diddy” Combs to lend a hand and give out advice to this season’s contestants.
Pharrell dished to ET, about his current group of contestants saying, “Every season, it’s different,” he added,”I got a couple unicorns in there where you’re just like, ‘Whoa, where’d this person come from and where did they get this thing from?’ But I think that the competition this season is very tough and it’s up there, and the stakes are super high, so everyone has to work super hard. No one should walk around being comfortable.”
P also opened up about this decision to choose Diddy as a mentor for the show. “Essentially, what it is that I do on the show is what he did for me,” Pharrell revealed, “I came in the studio with Chad [Hugo, of The Neptunes], and we produced some records and he was the one that looked at me and said, ‘You gotta do more than be behind the keyboards. You gotta get in front of the keyboard, as well.'”
He continued, “Fast forward years later, we got to work with Puff. I had already gotten rid of the dreams of being a performer, I was past that, But he was the one that identified so much more in me. … Had I just stayed in my comfort zone, I wouldn’t have known that there was so much more I could do in the world.”
In a nutshell, Pharrell explains that the main message Diddy and himself are relaying to this year’s contestants is to push the limits. “Don’t be afraid to get out of your comfort zone,” he explains, “because the greatest part of you is the undiscovered part of you.”
Season 10 of ‘The Voice’ premieres on February 29th on NBC.