'The Voice' Season 20: Darren Criss joins Team Nick as celebrity mentor, here's why he's called 'Bonus Jonas'
Darren Criss rose to fame with his roles on 'Glee' and with his Emmy-winning performance in 'The Assassination of Gianni Versace'
What's better than one Nick Jonas? Well a 'Bonus Jonas' for sure, and it seems that the multi-talented actor and singer Darren Criss is up for the job. Yes, fans have every reason to rub their hands with 'Glee', as the 'Glee' actor joins Team Nick as a celebrity mentor on Season 20 of 'The Voice'. Criss, of course, is the very definition of a triple threat, who can sing, dance and act. Andrew wowed audiences with his abilities as a dramatic actor with his portrayal of serial killer Andrew Cunanan in 'The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story'. Criss received an Emmy and a Golden Globe award for his performance. Criss is also a songwriter and has released several recordings as a soloist and in a band.
In case you're wondering where the 'Bonus Jonas' nickname comes from, Jonas and Criss' career paths have crossed several times. Jonas took over Criss’ role in Broadway’s 'How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying' and they also co-starred in the film 'Midway'. The 'Bonus Jonas' nickname is one that Criss, not Jonas, came up with.
In an Instagram post, Criss explains, "I know I joke a lot about being a bonus Jonas. But I guess if you joke enough about something, dreams... come... true? That’s the saying, right? Fo REAL tho, thank you @nickjonas for inviting me as your battle advisor this season on @nbcthevoice !!! #TeamNick #SorryKevin #SorryJoe."
Fans are over the moon to see Criss on the show. One fan on Instagram said, "@darrencriss & @nickjonas is a duo i never thought i needed until right this moment... 😭😭❤️2dReply." Fans made it clear they're not content with this duo just doling out advice to contestants. One fan on Instagram said, "So we'll hear a duet." Others are hoping for a lot more than just a duet. A fan on Instagram posted, "okay but when will you release a song together that’s the real question." Well, that's a question we're looking forward to an answer for as well.
The first battle pairing announced by Team Nick is between Julian Awari and Jose Figueroa Jr and we can see Nick and Darren getting them battle-ready in this trailer below.
You can catch new episodes of 'The Voice' on Mondays 8/7c on NBC.