No Doubt lead singer and solo artist Gwen Stefani will join The Voice as a coach this fall, replacing Christina Aguilera.
However, NBC confirmed that Aguilera will return in the spring, unlike Cee Lo Green, who left the series and will be replaced by Pharrell Williams this fall. Both new coaches will appear on the show May 5.
Carson Daly announced her casting on tonight’s episode with the official announcement, though he was scooped by Aguilera, who tweeted early this morning to Stefani, “welcome to our crazy fam.” Executive producer Mark Burnett later echoed that. Stefani confirmed her casting this evening with an Instagram photo of her holding a mic and forming the show’s logo.
In its press release about her casting, NBC noted that Stefani “has sold close to 30 million records worldwide as the front woman for the band No Doubt and as a multi-platinum solo artist,” and also says she “is widely recognized as a trendsetter and accomplished designer within the fashion industry.”
That said, she hasn’t had a new single or record in a few years, and seems less current and relevant than the show’s other coaches and replacements, such as Pharrell Williams and Shakira. But this may be part of a comeback for her.
As a Forbes contributor noted in an essay yesterday, she was “out of the spotlight for the past several years” but “is ready to return to her standing as an A-list star, in both familiar and new roles.” And the article quotes Pharell Williams introducing her at Coachella and calling her “one incredible, historical, most important, incredibly talented, fucking awesome, rad girl.”