Robin Thicke (Superstar)
Who He Is: The R&B crooner has released five solo records, and has written and produced songs on over 20 gold and platinum albums for acts including Michael Jackson, Usher, Jennifer Hudson, Pink and Christina Aguilera. Thicke is also famously the son of Growing Pains' Alan Thicke.
Reality Show Cred: Thicke served as a mentor to Adam Levine's team on the second season of The Voice.
The Invite: "The producers called me and said, 'Do you want to be on the show and sing in front of millions of people every week?' and I said, 'Sure!' As soon as I knew they had Lionel [Richie] on the show, that was legitimate enough for me. When we lost Lionel, I got nervous, but we got John [Legend], who is incredible and so well respected, so we ended up with as good as you can possibly get."
The Underdog Advantage: "[To pick my singers], I looked at about 30 YouTube videos and picked a few people and then narrowed it down to two. I didn't get a line of a thousand people. I didn't even get a hundred. I got 30. I picked them because they had the potential, but confidence and what you do in rehearsal and what you do when the cameras start rolling are two different moments. We're the underdog wolf pack around here. I'm probably the least known, but we're working our way up. I like the underdog position; that's where I've always been."
Words to Live By: "It took me 15 years before I had a hit, so I told [my contestants], 'You can't take anything that happens on this show too seriously. This show is just a stepping stone. It's not the end of your career; it's just the beginning.'"