‘The Voice’ producers have found a formula that works: switching 2 judges per season; it keeps familiarity, but brings a spark of excitement to each and every season. They started doing this a few seasons back when Christina Aguilera and Cee-Lo Green were switched out and replaced with Usher and Shakira for the spring seasons. Well, now that Cee-Lo has announced his offficial departure from the show, there’s a void that needed to be filled for the fall season. And the man for the job has been found. Pharrell Williams.
“It’s been a huge year for Pharrell, with recognition for his contribution in the world of music — the Despicable Me franchise soundtracks, his Oscar-nominated song ‘Happy’ and his Grammy-winning collaboration with Daft Punk on the breakout dance hit ‘Get Lucky.’ His dominance in record sales in 2014, coupled with his incomparable accomplishments in the world of fashion and design, make him an irresistible addition to The Voice family,” said Paul Telegdy, president, alternative and late night programming, NBC Entertainment. “He has already made a considerable impact as a mentor, drawing on an impressive track record as both a producer and performer. It is a perfect fit for The Voice as we evolve and reach for new heights with this franchise. It feels like we are welcoming an existing family member home.”
No word on who Pharrell will be replacing out of the current line-up (Usher or Shakira, or perhaps even Adam or Blake who’ve yet to take a break). The full Season 7 line-up will be announced in the coming weeks!