Gwen Stefani officially signs as judge for ‘The Voice’

NBC has confirmed the news after rumors spread

Internationally acclaimed solo artist and No Doubt singer and songwriter Gwen Stefani has been named a coach for the upcoming seventh season of NBC’s Emmy Award-winning musical competition series The Voice.

NBC confirmed the news on Tuesday (April 29th) after rumors began circulating that the pop star would replace a pregnant Christina Aguilera on the popular reality series’ upcoming seventh season.

Aguilera confirmed in February that she was pregnant with her second child. While NBC wanted Aguilera to stay on as a judge for the seventh season, she decided to bow out after having difficulties early on during the pregnancy.

Aguilera welcomed Stefani to The Voice family via Twitter Monday night, before the official announcement was made.

Stefani had also been in talks to be a judge on the ABC signing competition, Rising Star, which premieres June 22nd. She has also been a mentor on Fox’s American Idol in the past.

Stefani will be one of two new judges to take a seat in the spinning big red chairs when the show’s seventh cycle premiers later this year. Pharrell Williams has signed on to take over a vacancy left by original judge CeeLo Green who confirmed in February that he was permanently leaving the series after its current run to focus on other endeavors.

As a way to introduce the two new coaches to viewers, Pharrell — a Grammy Award winner and Oscar nominee — will perform his new single “Come Get It Bae” from his current album Girl and Stefani will perform her No.1 single “Hollaback Girl” from her debut solo album, Love. Angel. Music. Baby on the Monday, May 5th live telecast.

Longtime judges Blake Shelton and Adam Levine are expected to return for the show’s seventh cycle, although nothing has been announced as of press time.


Author: Buddy Iahn

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