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'The Voice' panel will look a bit different next season

Gwen Stefani Officially Joining Next Season Of 'The Voice'
On "The Voice," Carson Daly made a very special announcement.

CARSON: "This all just happened moments ago 'cause we're live, and we're very happy to officially announce that two music superstars will be joining the next season in these coaches chairs... Pharrell Williams and Gwen Stefani will be added to the voice family..."

Carson also announced that both artists will performing on next week's episode -- so we can get a little taste of what it'll be like to have them around next season.

Pharrell Williams and NBC both confirmed he was joining the show about a month ago, but we hadn't seen an official confirmation from Gwen Stefani...

Until tonight. The No Doubt frontwoman posted this picture on Instagram to coincide with the announcement on the show.

The big news comes more than a week after rumors started that the singer was in early talks to replace Christina Aguilera, who'll be sitting out next season because of her pregnancy.

It's believed that Stefani was debating between "The Voice" and ABC's just-announced music competition "Rising Star," which premieres this summer.

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settleoff April 30 2014 at 3:51 PM

I am so sad if you take away any of the 4 coaches there this year. They are awesome together and add such chemistry. It is so much more than just people singing. Leave alone what is working. Are you trying to reinvent the wheel.

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JUDY April 30 2014 at 3:39 PM


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randymartina JUDY April 30 2014 at 3:57 PM

Agree Agree Agree. Keep this year's team !!!!!!!!!!!

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jeff April 30 2014 at 3:39 PM

The Voice is 10 times better than Idol

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Donnaluna1 April 30 2014 at 3:38 PM

I think the combination that is there now, Usher, Shakira, Blake and Adam are perfect. Why mess with such a winning combo? Their personalities mesh so well and make the show extremely enjoyable. I don't think Gwen or Pharell will have the same affect on the audience as Usher and Shakira. I say to leave well enough alone.

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b12chrencik April 30 2014 at 3:33 PM

agreed, theses 4 judges make the show what it is. they are fun to watch and look like they really care about the contestants. it will be a big mistake to let any of them go. I don't think Pharell or Gwen have their personalities.

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bmcallister66 b12chrencik April 30 2014 at 3:40 PM

I totally agree, the 4 judges we have now make this show the best. I think they should leave it alone.

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Patrick April 30 2014 at 3:12 PM

I will miss Shakira for sure .

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Judy April 30 2014 at 3:05 PM

Why do they mess around with a show that is already great? Adam, Shakira, Usher and Blake are the best!!! if two new people are coming in? who is leaving? Shakira is head and shoulders better than Christina ever was ....down to earth and for real.....Christina's make up artists must take days to get all that hair and mae-up on her,....pay attention ....Shikira by comparison is for real and a much much better talent. Leave the show alone!!!!!

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kwhites634 Judy April 30 2014 at 3:14 PM

Refer to my above comment (#5). Shakira's leaving due to pregnancy.

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HonestL Judy April 30 2014 at 3:54 PM

I think Shakira is a better judge but Cristina's the better singer by far.

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Sandy HonestL May 01 2014 at 2:49 AM

Perhaps, but Shakira seems very real and has a lot of heart - Christina is all about 'me, me, me.

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kwhites634 April 30 2014 at 2:56 PM

To start with, Christina Aguilera is not a current coach on "The Voice".
Secondly, the article says Gwen Stefani & Pharrell Williams will be judges next year, but only mentions one current judge leaving. Does that mean that there will be 5 judges, or has Adam Levine gone beyond "thinking about leaving" to devote his efforts elsewhere, as reported elsewhere on the internet?

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cranlak8 kwhites634 April 30 2014 at 3:03 PM

they should leave it alone. The judges on the show now make it. I watch it because of them.
Why do they have to mess it up.Is usher , Blake and Sharira going to stay?

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HonestL kwhites634 April 30 2014 at 3:51 PM

It will be Adam, Blake & the 2 new judges.

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HonestL HonestL April 30 2014 at 3:53 PM

The judges have other things to do & have some say in whether or not they want to be on the show every year.

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gmap5 April 30 2014 at 2:55 PM

I love the Voice and I believe they have the best Judges of all the shows. What a mistake to change them.....

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cranlak8 gmap5 April 30 2014 at 3:03 PM

i ntotally agree!!!!

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snoopy44 April 30 2014 at 2:45 PM

They can tinker all they want with the judges but the ratings show that the only judges the people care about are Adam/Shakira/Usher/Shelton. All the other judges are lousy, including Aguilera and C-Lo. Why bother messing with success when you have the chemistry that these four have? Adam and Blake are like two teenagers messing with each other (but in a funny way). Usher is a class act all the way around. Shakira is the "real thing". Sincere, honest, talented, and did I mention funny too? It is what it is.

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cherylratliff snoopy44 April 30 2014 at 2:46 PM

Agree agree agree!

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