NBC confirmed on Friday that Jennifer Hudson will return as a coach for season 15 of their reality singing competition The Voice, after previously serving in the same role for season 13 of the show.
She will be joined by Kelly Clarkson, who will also be back after coaching in season 14, meaning that The Voice will have American Idol-inspired coaching lineup. Hudson was the finalist in season three of the competition, while Clarkson was the show’s inaugural winner. The season 15 coaching panel will be completed by the show’s veterans, Adam Levine and Blake Shelton.
“We are so excited to welcome back Kelly and Jennifer, two dynamic forces who bring undeniable soul, passion and inspiration as coaches,” said NBC alternative program chief Paul Telegdy in a statement. “They each have a unique understanding of what it’s like to be in the artists’ shoes.”
Both Kelly Clarkson and Jennifer Hudson posted videos on their Twitter profiles confirming the news.
“I wanted to tell you all a little secret,” says Hudson in a video posted on Clarkson’s Twitter profile. “Guess what! Does she know? She might not know, but she gonna find out when she looks at her phone. Guess who’s coming back to The Voice? Me!”
— Kelly Clarkson (@kelly_clarkson) May 11, 2018
“Team JHud and Team KC, we’re comin’ after you, Adam and Blake. We’re friends, but we’re future frenemies,” says Clarkson in a video posted on Hudson’s Twitter profile.
— Jennifer Hudson (@IAMJHUD) May 11, 2018
Season 14 of The Voice is currently airing, with the finale being scheduled for May 22nd. Kelly Clarkson still might get a win in her rookie season, since Kaleb Lee and Brynn Cartelli from Team Kelly are still in the running for the grand prize.