NBC’s “The Voice” is shaking things up. Fans of the popular singing-competition show won’t see Gwen Stefani and Pharrell Williams sitting in the red chairs when the show launches Season 11. Instead, Miley Cyrus and Alicia Keys have been tapped to take their places.
NBC made the announcement Friday night. In a statement cited by Deadline, the network said it was “thrilled” to welcome the “Wrecking Ball” singer and “Girl on Fire” songstress to the team. “The musical expertise and energy these two incredibly talented women will bring to the show is remarkable,” the network said. “We’re thrilled that they’ll be joining Adam [Levine] and Blake [Shelton] in what we know will be a magical 11th season.”
Cyrus confirmed the news she will be joining as a coach on Instagram, writing: “It’s true! I am going to be the newest judge on Season 11 of ‘The Voice.’ Watch me mentor and then Season 11 s--- is gonna go offff! I can’t wait!” Cyrus has served as an adviser for all four coaches’ teams — Team Blake, Team Adam, Team Pharrell and Team Christina [Aguilera] — during Season 10. Keys previously was on the show as an advise during Season 7.
— The Voice (@NBCTheVoice) March 26, 2016
According to the New York Daily News, Williams is expected to return to “The Voice” during a future season, as long as his schedule permits. TMZ reported Stefani wasn’t asked to serve as a judge for Season 11 and that Shakira, who has previously been a coach, is on the “back burner.” Aguilera rotates out of the show every other season.
“The Voice” Season 11 will premiere on NBC in September.