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5 Things to Know About Camila Cabello Ahead of The Voice Season 22

The pop icon actually got her start on a singing competition. 

Camilla Cabello posing in low lighting

The Voice Season 22 is just around the corner, and we have a new panel of Coaches to welcome. Alums Blake Shelton and John Legend are returning to their chairs, and they'll be seated next to past Coach Gwen Stefani and Camila Cabello, who's coaching for the first time. 

But don't worry: She's more than qualified for the gig. Cabello is a music industry pro with years of experience—and hits—under her belt. If you're not too familiar with the pop icon, here are some quick things to know that confirm she'll kill it as a Coach on The Voice this fall. 

She got her start in a singing competition. 

We first met Camila Cabello in 2012 as a Contestant on The X-Factor. She was paired with four other girls to create the group Fifth Harmony, and they were, hands down, the breakout Act of the season. The band's success aside, Cabello knows from experience what it's like to compete on a TV show, and she'll no doubt bring that knowledge to her Coach chair. 

But also: Let's not forget about Fifth Harmony's success. 

The group became a worldwide sensation. Cabello recorded two albums with the group, which included the hit songs "Worth It" and "Work From Home." That was a lot to navigate at such a young age, and she'll be able to share what she's learned with her team on The Voice

She knows how to make a hit song. 

After Fifth Harmony, Cabello launched her own solo career where she gained more autonomy over her songs and artistry. Her debut album, Camila, dropped in January 2018, and it included the blockbuster smash "Havana" (which she's credited on as a songwriter). That album also spawned the Cabello co-penned track "Never Be the Same," which reached number six on Billboard's Hot 100 album chart. 

Cabello kept rising from there—on her own terms. Up next was her 2019 album Romance, which included "Señorita," another song she co-wrote—and another song that stampeded the charts. Her third album, Familia, dropped in April 2022.

The takeaway here? Cabello knows how to turn art into success—which is something every Contestant on The Voice wants. Whoever ends up on her team will be in very capable hands. 

She's appeared on The Voice before. 

As an Advisor to Team Legend, where she offered her expertise to the Artists. She was particularly effective with KJ Jennings and Samuel Harness, who performed Cabello and Shawn Mendes' "I Know What You Did Last Summer."

"I loved it," Cabello told Jennings and Harness after hearing their version of the song. "I thought it was really, really sick, and I think in the beginning, KJ, I think your falsetto was really beautiful. You should use it more...I love the hunger. I love that you're giving face, you're giving acting." 

And she told Harness, "Feed off of KJ's energy. Look at her more, and give it back to her. Play out the story more." 

Watch the video, below, to see Cabello's notes in action: 

She knows what's most important at the end of the day. 

The entertainment industry can be bananas, but Cabello stays grounded by focusing on her mental health and wellbeing. That's something all Artists on The Voice need to do as they enter the competition, and Cabello will no doubt help her teammates be the best versions of themselves they can be. 

In fact, Cabello even told Today she went into recording her third album wanting better mental health. "Now I'm 25," she said. "I think it's such a journey in finding out who you are as a person...through doing the inner work, whether it be therapy or really practicing authenticity and practicing vulnerability, you find who you are. And now I'm in a place where I'm like, 'I know who I am, and I like who I am,' and so I just practice being who I am." 

The Voice Season 22 returns this fall to NBC. 

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