The coaches for Season 9 of NBC's "The Voice" have been revealed and it looks like a familiar face will return to the spinning chair when the show returns in the fall. Christina Aguilera is taking a break for the upcoming season and she'll be replaced by Season 7 judge Gwen Stefani.
The news comes exclusively through Buzzfeed News, which states that Stefani will take over for Aguilera when the show returns in September so that the latter can focus on her music and career. This isn't the first time that Aguilera has opted to take a break from the singing competition and the outlet reports that she's fully expected to return as a judge in later seasons of the show. Stefani, on the other hand, has filled in for her in the past and was kept in the loop in Season 8 by returning as a guest mentor for both Team Xtina and Team Pharrell.
Meanwhile, Season 8 judges Adam Levine, Blake Shelton and Pharrell Williams will all return as coaches for the ninth installment. Pharrell is currently sitting pretty as the reigning "The Voice" champion thanks to his Season 8 contestant Sawyer Fredericks taking the winning title in May.
“I’m coming back and I’m so excited! I can't believe I get to return to 'The Voice.' It’s so inspiring to be around such incredible talent and music. I’m looking forward to working again with Adam, Blake and Pharrell. I love those guys,” Stefani said in a statement to BuzzFeed News.
"The Voice" has been a ratings success for NBC which airs two episodes of the singing competition series each week (a round of performances followed by results). Its principal competitor, "American Idol," shrunk down to one in its latest season before getting canceled altogether.
"With such an astounding group of coaches at the peak of their musical ingenuity and Carson returning as our host, we are thrilled for what Season 9 will bring,” Paul Telegdy, president, Alternative and Late Night Programming, NBC Entertainment told Deadline.
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