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Gwen Stefani Leaving ‘The Voice’, Nick Jonas to Replace Her

Gwen Stefani

Gwen Stefani’s second tenure on The Voice is ending after just one season. Late Monday night, NBC announced Nick Jonas will be coming on to replace her.

The announcement was also made on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, with returning coaches Blake Shelton, Kelly Clarkson and John Legend congratulating him. Kelly Clarkson will be back for Season 18 as well.

“The Voice” is expanding its celebrity coaching roster with the addition of Nick Jonas, one-third of the multi-platinum Jonas Brothers band.

Jonas, 27, will join returning coaches and fellow music stars Kelly Clarkson, John Legend and Blake Shelton for next spring’s edition of NBC’s popular singing competition. Host Carson Daly also returns.

“As a member of one of the hottest pop groups, Nick’s success in navigating all aspects of the music industry is exceptional,” Meredith Ahr, President, Alternative and Reality Group, NBC Entertainment, said in a statement Monday. “We were so impressed by his innate musicality, technical aptitude and passion that he brought to Songland earlier this year and know he will be an incredible fit as a coach on ‘The Voice.’ We are excited to see Nick lend his mentorship, relatability and breadth of knowledge to a new crop of artists.”

He appeared on “Ellen” with his brothers, Joe and Kevin, to promote the latest Jonas Brothers album collaboration, “Happiness Begins,” and its current single, “Only Human.” His future coaching collaborators welcomed him via video, with Nick Jonas responding to Shelton’s trash talk with a little of his own.

“I’m so excited to be a part of The Voice family,” Jonas added. “It’s such an awesome group of individuals, and I can’t wait to help these artists really build and hone in to find their unique voices.”

“I’m going to have to look through the rules because this is my TV show. I’m not sure that you’re even old enough to be a coach on The Voice,” Shelton joked in his clip. “I’m certain that you’re gonna get your butt kicked, buddy.”

Gwen Stefani will continue her streak of never appearing as a coach or judge on consecutive seasons. She coached on Seasons 7, 9 and 12 before returning for the ongoing Season 17. She also served as a part-time advisor in Seasons 8 and 10.

“I’m not a competitive person,” Gwen Stefani told Travel Girl in July. “In fact, competition makes me really uncomfortable. It was probably one of the reasons I almost didn’t do the show, because I couldn’t picture myself pitching myself and trying to fight, especially against a very competitive person like Adam Levine. Blake [Shelton] and Adam were so good at that. The longer I was on the show, the more I understood what I needed to do to ‘pitch’ for an artist and to go for it.”

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