There’s a new face joining “The Voice.”
On Wednesday, May 10, NBC announced that Jennifer Hudson has signed on for season 13 of the popular singing competition series. “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,” Paul Telegdy, president, Alternative and Reality Group, NBC Entertainment, said in a statement. “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.”
Meanwhile, Hudson will take a seat in one of the show’s iconic revolving chairs alongside mainstays Adam Levine and Blake Shelton, as well as Miley Cyrus, who is returning after taking the spring off, to give Gwen Stefani a break, THR reports. Alicia Keys, on the other hand, is waving bye, bye to the show for good.
— The Voice (@NBCTheVoice) May 10, 2017
Hudson, an Oscar winner and “American Idol” alum responded to the announcement via Instagram, writing, “In tears thinking of what this means and represents to me and knowing and walking the journey ! Wow , who would of thought after being a contestant , that one day , I would be sitting in one of those chairs from the U.K. To the u.s! Only God !!!! Oh but I made it!”
As fans may already know, Hudson is no stranger to “The Voice.” Earlier this year, the “Spotlight” songstress served as a coach on the U.K. version of the series, where she picked up her first win. Ironically, Hudson’s casting news comes as the NBC staple prepares to face off once again against its longtime competitor, “American Idol,” which ABC is set to revive sometime in the near future.
“The Voice” airs on Mondays and Tuesdays at 8 p.m. on NBC, with season 13 premiering this fall. What are your thoughts on Hudson joining the crew? Sound off in the comment section below.