John Legend Joins Season 16 of “The Voice” as New Coach

After John Legend recently achieved the EGOT status (given to a person who wins Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and Tony award), he figured it is now time to share his wisdom with others. And what’s a better way to do it than mentoring young talents on NBC’s reality singing competition The Voice.

NBC announced that Legend will join The Voice as a new coach for season 16, replacing Jennifer Hudson, who is leaving the show after season 15.

“John Legend is a one-of-a-kind musician and producer with remarkable skills that are beyond measure,” said Paul Telegdy, president of the alternative and reality group at NBC Entertainment, in a statement. “His multi-dimensional career and incredible talents provide a repertoire that will excite and inspire our artists. This coaching panel is sure to ignite season 16.”

John Legend will take his seat in the spinning red chair row alongside returning coaches Kelly Clarkson, Adam Levine, and Blake Shelton. Season 16 is set to kick off in the spring of 2019.

“I’m thrilled to join the coaches of The Voice,” said Legend 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.”

John Legend joining the show is just a continuation of great news for The Voice fans. NBC recently announced that the upcoming season will feature a companion series titled The Comeback Stage. This series, hosted by singer Kelsea Ballerini, will see six candidates who didn’t make it through past the Blind Auditions, receiving a chance to fight for their spot in the playoffs once again. The Comeback Stag will premiere at the same time as the 15th season of The Voice.