AceShowbiz - Season 16 of "The Voice" will welcome a new member of its coach panel. In order to replace Jennifer Hudson, the long-running NBC show has tapped newly-minted Emmy winner John Legend to serve as the coach in the upcoming season in spring. The Hollywood Reporter first broke the news.
John, who is fresh off his Emmy win for his role in NBC's "Jesus Christ Superstar Live!", will be joining fellow coaches Kelly Clarkson, Adam Levine and Blake Shelton. The "All of Me" hitmaker will take over Jennifer's swivel chair as she won't be returning for season 16 after coaching the upcoming season 15.
"I'm thrilled to join the coaches of 'The Voice'," John says in a press release. "I've been a guest and mentor on the show multiple times and I'm so excited to discover talented singers and help them make the most of their gift. I hope the world is ready for #TeamJL." Prior to this, John appeared on "The Voice" back in 2017 as advisor to Adam's team.
Of John joining the show, president of the alternative and reality group at NBC Paul Telegdy says, "John Legend is a one-of-a-kind musician and producer with remarkable skills that are beyond measure." He continues, "His multidimensional career and incredible talents provide a repertoire that will excite and inspire our artists. This coaching panel is sure to ignite season 16."
The casting arrives shortly after John joined the group of EGOT, a group of those who have won an Emmy, Oscar, Grammy and Tony Award. John recently bagged home an Emmy for "Jesus Christ Superstar Live!", who was announced as the best live variety special. The singer also won an Oscar for his original song "Glory" from movie "Selma". The husband of Chrissy Teigen additionally snatched a Tony Award in 2017 for "Jitney", while pocketing 10 Grammy Awards throughout his career.
"The Voice" will return for season 15 on September 24 on NBC.