After sitting out two seasons, Christina Aguilera will return as a judge on "The Voice" for its next outing.
NBC announced Tuesday that Aguilera, who was one of the first four judges on the NBC singing competition, would take a seat again in one of the show's iconic big red chairs when season eight starts in early 2015. She'll join fellow original judges Adam Levine and Blake Shelton, as well as Pharrell Williams, who made his "Voice" judging debut during this current season, the show's seventh.
Williams and No Doubt frontwoman Gwen Stefani are the newbies this season, taking over from season six's Usher and Shakira. Stefani will be replaced by Aguilera, who last appeared on "The Voice" during season five, but sat out seasons six and seven due to her pregnancy. She gave birth to a baby girl in August.
"We are excited to welcome Christina back to her red chair and can't wait to see how she mixes things up among Adam, Blake and Pharrell, in what will be an incredibly competitive competition," said Paul Telegdy, NBC Entertainment's president of alternative and late night programming, in a statement.
Williams will be the only replacement coach to appear in two consecutive seasons of the show; Levine and Shelton have stayed on for the series's entire run. Cee Lo Green was the other original judge on the "Voice" panel, but, like Aguilera, also bowed out after season five.
The seventh season of "The Voice" is currently airing on Mondays on NBC.
[via: Entertainment Weekly]
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