‘The Voice’ is playing a serious game of musical chairs over in the coaches’ corner! CeeLo Green has officially been replaced with Pharrell Williams, and we’ve EXCLUSIVELY learned that Jewel could take Christina Aguilera’s spot!
Season 7 of The Voice may see many fresh faces on the judges’ panel! Pharrell is in for CeeLo, and Christina is also likely to be replaced. Jewel EXCLUSIVELY told HollywoodLife.com that she would love to join the show. Keep reading to find out is Jewel got the gig!
Jewel To Replace Christina Aguilera On ‘The Voice’?
The Voice has finally reached its Top 20, but has it found its top, new coach? According to Jewel, yes!
The hit NBC series is entering the playoffs on Tuesday, April 8, after wrapping up the battle rounds on Monday, April 7, but when it comes to the judges, the battles for the seventh season have just begun. Is Christina being replaced?
“Of course I would love to do that show,” Jewel told HollywoodLife.com EXCLUSIVELY on April 8 in Los Angeles, while she was promoting her new partnership with Pure Via. “I don’t have any specific plans on doing the show but I would, of course, love to do it.”
While there is no official confirmation of Jewel stepping in yet, it would come as no surprise, as the singer’s name has been floating for quite some time, as HollywoodLife.com previously reported.
“If Usher and or Shakira can’t do it then the first person on the wish list is Jewel,” our source told us, after CeeLo announced his departure from the reality competition.
But here’s the catch: in past seasons, Usher and Shakira have flip-flopped with CeeLo and Christina, sitting in on every other season since the fourth so it’s likely that they will not return for two consecutive rounds in a row. Plus, Pharrell is already confirmed to join the seventh season, and there wouldn’t be room for Pharrell, Adam, Blake, Usher and Shakira on the panel of four red chairs.
Jewel is already in the NBC family, and has musical ties to The Voice executive producer Mark Burnett, as she was a judge on The Sing-Off. And, she’s already got an in with Blake Shelton!
“Blake and I did a show together called Nashville Star ages ago, which was a country talent competition,” Jewel EXCLUSIVELY told us. “I adore Blake.”
Why Christina Aguilera Would Not Return To ‘The Voice’
Being a reality show judge is time consuming and so is a newborn baby! Christina Aguilera recently announced the she’s having a girl with fiancé Matt Rutler so she might just want to take some time off.
“They will have to replace Christina, as she will be focused on her upcoming child and will not be able to focus on the demands that The Voice puts on the judges,” a source told HollywoodLife.com EXCLUSIVELY, back when Season 6 began. “They are looking into many options.”
And now we know, one of those options is Jewel!
Executive producer Mark Burnett also commented on Christina’s departure at a New York City press conference with reporters, including HollywoodLife.com, on February 24, 2014. “The hardest part [of filming] is the jigsaw puzzle of schedules,” said Mark. “No one can be permanent; it depends on their schedules.”
HollywoodLifers, do you think that Jewel would fit in with the fun judges on The Voice? Let us know!
— Written by Elizabeth Wagmeister with Reporting by Russ Weakland