Last week, Alicia Keys announced that she would not return as a coach of The Voice for the show’s upcoming thirteenth season. At the time of the announcement, it was not known who would fill Alicia’s Big Red Chair, but today, NBC announced who will be replacing Alicia when the show returns to the air this fall.
Jennifer Hudson, who served as a coach on the UK’s version of ‘The Voice,’ has officially been named a coach of Season 13. She will join Miley Cyrus and the show’s mainstay coaches, Blake Shelton and Adam Levine. (Blake hinted last week that he may be leaving the show, but a rep for the network confirmed to The Ashley that Blake was only kidding and would be back for Season 13.)
That means that current coach (and Blake’s girlfriend) Gwen Stefani will be sitting the next season out. She has not revealed whether or not she plans to return to the show after this season.
NBC Entertainment Alternative & Reality Group President Paul Telegdy said in a statement that Jennifer is a natural addition to show’s coaching staff.
“Jennifer is an extraordinary vocal talent and one of the premier voices of our time. She embodies the experience, expertise, positivity and sheer talent that ‘The Voice’ stands for,” he said. “Her exceptional skills as a singer and actress have extended to film, television and Broadway, which makes her an incredible addition and a natural fit for our show.”
J-Hud, who got her start on American Idol, will be helping ‘The Voice’ compete again ‘Idol’ when it returns to the air (this time on ABC) next year.