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

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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