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The Voice” is beefing up its professional talent roster, as Ryan Tedder of OneRepublic joins the NBC series as its first-ever in-house producer and songwriter.

Tedder, who served as an adviser this season on “The Voice,” co-founded OneRepublic and supplies the vocals for tracks including “Apologize,” “Stop and Stare” and “Good Life.” As “The Voice’s” in-house producer and songwriter, he will work with the final three artists this season, penning original songs stylized for each contestant.

The finalists will perform the original songs at the conclusion of the season on Dec. 17. (Like all performances on “The Voice,” the tracks will then be available for download immediately following the episode broadcast on iTunes.)

Singing competitions including “American Idol,” “X Factor” and “The Voice” are typically known for having contestants cover songs from major artists, save “Idol’s” coronation songs for finalists, which have, at times, gone on to be chart-topping hits. »

- AJ Marechal

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