Gwen Stefani to Return as Coach to ‘The Voice’ Season 9

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Gwen Stefani will be back in her red seat this fall.

The former coach is replacing Christina Aguilera for “The Voice’s” ninth season, and will be joined by returning coaches Adam Levine, Blake Shelton and Pharrell. Carson Daly will also return as host.

“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 nine will bring,” said Paul Telegdy, president of alternative and latenight programming for NBC entertainment, on Wednesday. “The expertise and camaraderie of this panel will provide an immeasurable experience for the artists and must-see entertainment for all who are watching.”

Stefani made her debut on Season 7, along with Pharrell, who’s been in every season since. Season 9 marks Stefani’s second and Pharrell’s third round. Levine and Shelton have been staples throughout the entire eight-season run.

At NBC’s upfront presentation in New York City this May, “The Voice” was presented onstage with key art, including photos of both Aguilera and Stefani, teasing that Stefani would return for the new season.

In “The Voice’s” game of judges’ musical chairs, original coach Aguilera returned for this past Season 8, following a hiatus, after competing in the fifth season. She also sat out of the fourth season, after debuting on the original season with Levine, Shelton and CeeLo Green, back in 2011. Usher and Shakira have also taken their turn as coaches.

“The Voice” returns this September.

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  1. Sally says:

    Really happy that Gwen will be back on the Voice! She is an excellent judge, and has personality that makes the show even more fun.

  2. I am not too happy with Gwen either, believe she is a good person but I am not a fan since I also feel she can’t sing. Adam has been a good role model up until now and I am questioning the reason the program feels he should be brought back given his latest two videos. I believe in free speech, but do not believe that his songs represent free speech but is disrespectful and lacking in choice given his fan base which does include the younger generation. I don’t believe he should be coaching anyone given the road he has chosen, especially the younger contestants.

  3. Ima Right says:


    • A305 says:

      You have clearly not heard her bands songs at all or her old solo work you are only judging her based on the new song which so wrong. Her style might not be ur cup of tea but you should not disrespect Gwen by saying she can’t sing. No Doubt songs that proves ur so f wrong: Don’t Speak,Spiderwebs,Trapped In A Box,,Underneath It All,Simple Kind Of Life,Bathwater and her solo work 4 In The Morning,Cool,Early Winter

    • TragicKingdom says:

      Look, Gwen doesn’t have a perfect voice, she knows that –it’s always been about how she wears her heart on her shoulder. She is a true artist in that she controls her artistry, writes all her own songs, has put in her dues for two decades and still remains relevant. And all that, without having to get skanky and disgusting like other performers have. She never needed to pose as an over sexed vamp, even in the early years. Considering what’s out there now, I’m glad there’s a woman who can be a cool role model for little girls, ’cause its fuckin scary out here!

  4. Linda Nicholson says:

    Very happy to hear that Gwen is returning to “the Voice”. I really liked how open and compassionate she was with all the hopefuls. I love Pharrell too. He is another added bonus to go along with Blake and Adam.

  5. NDLOVER says:

    Yay! Gwenny, Gwen, Gwen!

  6. Roxanne Fergurson says:

    Thank goodness! I’d heard rumors that Justin Bieber was going to judge. “The Voice” would’ve lost me as an avid viewer if they’d put him on there!!!!!

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