Pharrell Williams will join the seventh season of “The Voice” as a coach, replacing Cee Lo Green.
The reality singing competition’s official Twitter account posted today, “Okay, we can OFFICIALLY say it! WE ARE SO #HAPPY to announce PHARRELL WILLIAMS = #NewVoiceCoach for SEASON 7”.
Pharrell took to Twitter to confirm the casting news, writing, “This is going to be so fun.”
Fellow coach Adam Levine welcomed Pharrell to the family, tweeting, “Welcome to the circus dude!”
We’re curious what other stars will be joining the show. The full lineup will be announced at a later date.
There’s been no official announcement by NBC or Christina Aguilera. But she is engaged and expecting a baby girl.
There were reports last week that “The Voice” producers were planning on replacing Christina Aguilera. A source said, “They will have to replace Christina. She will be focused on her upcoming child and will not be able to focus on the demands that The Voice puts on the judges.”
The executive producer of the show simply stated, “No one can be permanent; it depends on their schedules.”
NBC’s Paul Telegdy said in a statement today, “It’s been a huge year for Pharrell, with recognition for his contribution in the world of music — the Despicable Me franchise soundtracks, his Oscar-nominated song ‘Happy’ and his Grammy-winning collaboration with Daft Punk on the breakout dance hit ‘Get Lucky.’ His dominance in record sales in 2014, coupled with his incomparable accomplishments in the world of fashion and design, make him an irresistible addition to The Voice family”.
Telegdy adds, “He has already made a considerable impact as a mentor, drawing on an impressive track record as both a producer and performer. It is a perfect fit for The Voice as we evolve and reach for new heights with this franchise. It feels like we are welcoming an existing family member home.”
Executive producer Mark Burnett added, “I am thrilled to have Pharrell come back to The Voice family, and this time…as a coach. Continuing in The Voice tradition of having the biggest and most current music stars as coaches, Pharrell fits perfectly.”
Fans of the show know that Pharrell isn’t exactly new to “The Voice”, serving as a guest mentor for Usher in season four.
The Voice’s seventh season will debut in the fall, while the sixth season is currently underway, with coaches Levine, Blake Shelton, Shakira and Usher.
Click thumbnails for larger pictures