According to The Hollywood Reporter, Legend will be joining the judging panel on next spring's 16th season of "The Voice." He'll be taking the place of current coach Jennifer Hudson, who will appear on season 15, premiering later this month.
THR reports that it was Legend's idea to become a "Voice" coach, and he approached NBC himself with the pitch. The star is fresh off playing the titular role in the network's live production of "Jesus Christ Superstar," which won him his last piece of the EGOT puzzle, the Emmy, last Sunday. (That statuette was for his role as producer; he's also up for an acting Emmy at next week's primetime awards.)
“I’m thrilled to join the coaches of 'The Voice,'" Legend said in a statement. "I've been a guest and mentor on the show multiple times and I’m so excited to discover talented singers and help them make the most of their gift. I hope the world is ready for #TeamJL."
Legend will join returning coaches Adam Levine, Blake Shelton, and Kelly Clarkson. No word yet on when season 16 will premiere, though it's expected to bow sometime in early 2019. Season 15 hits the airwaves on September 24.
[via: The Hollywood Reporter]