Alrighty, fans of The Voice, we’re asking you nicely, please don’t kill the messenger. We have some news for you and while on one hand, it won’t all be bad, on the other … OK, OK, it’s totally bad. If you’ve loved The Voice for the last four seasons because of Pharrell Williams, then brace yourself. He won’t be back for Season 11, and we’re not happy.
Just like CeeLo Green and Usher and Shakira before him, Pharrell is stepping away from his red chair, likely to focus on his work. It’s understandable, given that nurturing the voices of other aspiring artists probably serves as inspiration for himself to want to get back out there and do his thing.
Entertainment Weekly reports that he “may return in the future, depending on his schedule,” and we can only hope that happens, and that he maintains a relationship with the show much like Christina Aguilera and Gwen Stefani have done by alternating that key female spot. But here we are again with the bad news. Neither of those lovely ladies are coming back either. That’s right, no Pharrell, no Xtina, and no Gwen. We’ll give you a minute to digest that.
So what does this all mean for The Voice? Because Adam and Blake‘s banter, albeit delightful, can only get them so far. Who will be in between the two men? Two ladies, actually.
Miley Cyrus, who kicks off her role as the key advisor for all four coaches this week, will have her very own red chair, as will the glorious Alicia Keys. This marks the first time two women have served as judges in the show’s history and while that means no Pharrell, it’ll still be a breath of fresh air.
All that said, it doesn’t mean we’re OK with Pharrell leaving. It’s his pearls of wisdom and the poetry he spouts to his team, encouraging them, mentoring them, guiding them, that the show will sorely miss. What’s best is he’s never been out to win the competition (though he did do just that in his second season with the show with Sawyer Fredericks). He’s simply there as a sounding board, to support singers trying to find success. Pharrell has truly been lovely to watch and while we hate to see him go, we can only hope he’ll be back.