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'The Voice' adds Taylor Swift; could she be a mentor next season?

Taylor Swift will join 'The Voice' season seven as an adviser, but could a full coaching role be in her future?
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The fall 2014 season of "The Voice" premieres Sept. 22 on NBC as brand new mentors Gwen Stefani and Pharrell Williams join series regulars Adam Levine and Blake Shelton to round out the panel of super star chair-turners. Country/pop crossover princess Taylor Swift will appear as a celebrity adviser to the talented crop of aspiring vocalists who progress to the latter stages of the competition, but a Sept. 2 report by Hollywood Life claims that the "Red" singer may have even loftier aspirations in mind.

Citing an unnamed insider, the report claims that the mega-popular 24-year old performer is in talks with show producers to become a replacement mentor for celebrity coaches who may need time off to fulfill family, work, or other obligations. Although no specific season or timeline was given, the source claimed that producers are definitely interested in Swift as a potential judge and that both sides are considering their options.

Regardless of whether Swift eventually takes a seat in a big red chair, she will definitely take the adviser's role for season seven. She will also perform on the show, either during a regular season episode or as part of the finale lineup.

A preternaturally gifted songwriter, Swift burst onto the music scene in 2006 with a self-titled debut offering that spawned the hits "Our Song," "Tim McGraw," and "Teardrops on My Guitar." She's continued to earn and retain fans thanks to her relatable lyrics and well-publicized humility. She's currently preparing for the Oct. 27 the release of her first pop album, entitled "1989." Her first single from the album, "Shake it Off," debuted at number one on the Hot 100 chart.

"The Voice" fall 2014 season begins Sept. 22 with the first episode featuring blind auditions. Follow the show's official Twitter account for details and information.