The Voice is going through another shakeup for Season 16 and staffers could not be happier about it. The coaches are currently gearing up for the Season 15 premiere, and the crew was reportedly thrilled when NBC informed them that John Legend is replacing Jennifer Hudson next season.
An inside source claims that producers did everything in their power to boot Hudson off the show. Luckily, Legend killed it in negotiations and made it an easy choice. Legend is expected to join Blake Shelton, Adam Levine, and Kelly Clarkson in Season 16, as long as they all plan on returning.
There were rumors that Shelton and Levine were thinking about taking a season off, but that does not seem to be the case anymore.
According to Radar Online, crew members were ecstatic when they heard Legend was joining the show, but they are still dreading having to deal with Hudson one more season. Staffers feel like Legend will be “a breath of fresh air” compared to Hudson, who has been a bit of a diva on set.
They are also looking forward to working with Legend’s wife, Chrissy Teigen, whom they expect will be on set quite a bit in Season 16.
Legend recently confirmed that NBC cast him as a coach on The Voice next season. The iconic singer shared the exciting news on social media and thanked everyone involved. John Legend, of course, is no stranger to the hit singing competition.
He has appeared as a mentor and guest on several occasions, including working as an advisor last season. The 39 year old has won 10 Grammys, a Tony award, and an Oscar.
A yet-to-be-named fifth judge will join Legend in Season 16, which will kick off sometime next year.
Season 15 of The Voice, starring Shelton, Levine, Clarkson and Jennifer Hudson, is scheduled to premiere Sept. 24 on NBC.