Jennifer Hudson: She’s joining The Voice for the NBC competition series’ 13th season.
The Oscar-winner and former American Idol contestant will replace Alicia Keys on the judges’ panel, according to The Hollywood Reporter, and the team sounds like it couldn’t be happier to have her.
“Jennifer is an extraordinary vocal talent and one of the premiere 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. “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.”
Miley Cyrus — who left the show after Season 11 in 2016 — will also return.
Keys told Entertainment Tonight in a story published May 2 that she’s taking some time off from The Voice to focus on her next album, but left the door open for a potential return.
“I’m ready for the next [album] already, which was kind of the plan the whole time,” she said. “I wanted to put out Here where they have a statement body of work, and my next body of work is already in the works. I’m excited!”
“I can’t wait for you to hear new music, and so that’s one of the reasons why I won’t be able to come back next season,” she added. “But I love writing. It’s just the most beautiful, exciting things, and every time I get better. That’s the blessing and magic of writing.”