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Jennifer Hudson Joins U.K. Version of ‘The Voice’ as Coach

Oscar- and Grammy-winning singer-actress Jennifer Hudson is to serve as a coach on the U.K. version of singing competition show “The Voice.” She will be joined by Tom Jones, Bush frontman Gavin Rossdale and will.i.am of The Black Eyed Peas on the show, which will air on ITV after the network snatched the British rights from the BBC.

Hudson and Rossdale will be making their debuts on the show while both Jones and will.i.am have previously served as coaches. Jones was a coach on the first four seasons of the U.K. version of the show, while will.i.am has appeared on every season.

Hudson first found fame on “American Idol,” after which her self-titled debut album sold 1.1 million copies. Her performing credits include singing at President Obama’s inauguration, Super Bowl XLVII and the Academy Awards, where she won best supporting actress for her role as Effie in the movie “Dreamgirls.” Hudson made her Broadway debut in the musical “The Color Purple” in 2015. In December, she plays Motormouth Maybelle in the television special “Hairspray Live.”

“Discovering new artists has always been important to me, and the U.K. has no shortage of talent, so I can only imagine what this experience will be like for everyone involved,” Hudson said. “I can’t wait to get going and start developing each individual’s own sound.”

The new season of “The Voice UK,” presented by Emma Willis, will air early next year.

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