Knowing that Alicia Keys and Gwen Stefani would not be coming back to the next season of The Voice (Mondays and Tuesdays at 8 p.m. ET on CTV), and with Pharrell also too busy to make a return, speculation had already begun as to who would be sitting alongside Adam Levine, Blake Shelton and Miley Cyrus. Well, speculate no more. This time around, they didn’t just go with a Grammy winner but an Oscar winner as well. Seems pretty obvious, no?
The Voice is giving Jennifer Hudson her very own red chair. (Sorry it kind of seemed like we were leading up to a John Legend reveal, especially since he mentored during Season 12, but not sorry it’s J-Hud.)
“Jennifer is an extraordinary vocal talent and one of the premier voices of our time. She embodies the experience, expertise, positivity and sheer talent that The Voice stands for,” NBC Entertainment alternative and reality group president Paul Telegdy said in a statement on Wednesday. “Her exceptional skills as a singer and actress have extended to film, television and Broadway, which makes her an incredible addition and a natural fit for our show.”
This isn’t Hudson’s first time as part of The Voice family. She was on the most recent season of the U.K.’s version of the show, and actually won with her singer Mo Adeniran in April.
J-Hud’s kind of perfect for this. As someone who was once a contestant herself, during Season 3 of American Idol, she knows what these singers will go through. She knows the kind of feedback they need, how to improve and, clearly, how to win. Because going from not making it to where she is now is the kind of thing that usually only happens in fairy tales.
With her new gig on The Voice, Hudson obviously won’t be part of ABC’s revival of Idol. Though how fun and full circle would that have been? Well, we’ll take all the J-Hud we can get.
The Voice airs Mondays and Tuesdays at 8 p.m. ET on CTV.