Jennifer Hudson started off performing on cruise ships. When American Idol came along in 2004, she jumped at the chance to be on the show and get her big break. Unfortunately, she finished seventh in the singing competition show. Despite only landing at #7, Hudson released numerous Top 10 and higher hits on the R&B charts and landing a principle role in the movie, Dreamgirls, alongside Beyoncé Knowles. Some even say her solo of, “And I’m Telling You, I’m Not Going” was better than the original theatrical version. Playing Effie White in Dreamgirls landed the 33-year old Hudson a Golden Globe and an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress. Now, Hudson is back on a singing competition show joining The Voice’s perennial coaches Adam Levine and Blake Shelton.
Says NBC reality chief, Paul Telegdy on Hudson’s joining the show, “Jennifer is an extraordinary vocal talent and one of the premier voices of our time. She embodies the experience, expertise, positivity and sheer talent that The Voice stands for. Her exceptional skills as a singer and actress have extended to film, television and Broadway, which makes her an incredible addition and a natural fit for our show.”
Also returning for Season 13 is Miley Cyrus. Cyrus’ return will be her second opportunity to work as a coach on The Voice.
Hudson and Cyrus will be replacing this season’s coaches Alicia Keys and Gwen Stefani. Stefani told TV Guide magazine that she would be open to continuing with the show in the future. She has been a coach for the show for Season’s 7, 9, and 12.
Keys, however, told TV Guide that this season would be her last when she wraps up.
The Voice debuted in 2011.
Written by Rhonda
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