Christina Aguilera is returning to ‘The Voice,’ NBC announced on Oct. 14, but that doesn’t mean Gwen Stefani is gone for good. HollywoodLife.com has learned EXCLUSIVELY that Gwen will be back.
Gwen Stefani just began her first season on The Voice and Christina Aguilera is already replacing her?! Not so fast — HollywoodLife.com has gotten to the bottom of this, and we’ve learned that the Christina and Gwen switch has been the plan all along.
‘The Voice’: Gwen Stefani Will Return
Fans are freaking out that Gwen won’t be a coach on The Voice anymore, in light of the recent news that Christina is returning for Season 8, but don’t worry quite yet!
Christina is not replacing her — they’re just making a little switcheroo, as the show always does. Remember, Christina was there before Gwen.
“Everyone knew she was coming back once she left,” an insider tells HollywoodLife.com EXCLUSIVELY about Christina’s return. “It was always the plan.”
“For Gwen to do The Voice is a relaunching pad for things she wants to do in her career. She is going to work more on fashion, music and other things, now that she has a fresh coat of paint on her from the exposure of The Voice,” our insider adds. “But one thing for sure is she will be back on The Voice in the future. 100%. They all love her there.”
Christina Aguilera Back For Season 8 Of ‘The Voice’
While Gwen will be gone for Season 8, we’re still pretty pumped for the coaches’ lineup. Christina, who was on original coach from the very beginning, will be joined by Adam Levine, Blake Shelton and Pharrell.
On The Voice, playing musical chairs is nothing new at the coaches’ panel — over the seven seasons, Adam, Blake, Pharrell, Usher, Ceelo Green, Shakira, Christina and Gwen have all taken their turn so there’s enough room for everyone…and maybe even one more. HollywoodLife.com has learned that the show would love to bring on Taylor Swift as a permanent coach, after her gig as the Season 7 key advisor, which begins Oct. 27.
During Season 6, executive producer Mark Burnett told HollywoodLife.com that switching up the judges is all part of the game when you’re dealing with A-list superstars. “The hardest part [of filming] is the jigsaw puzzle of schedules…no one can be permanent; it depends on their schedules.”
HollywoodLifers, are you happy that Christina will be back for Season 8 or do you wish they’d keep Gwen on all the time? Let us know which female coach is your fave!
— Elizabeth Wagmeister, with reporting by Russ Weakland