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Jennifer Hudson joins The Voice Season 13 coaching panel

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Jennifer Hudson will coach on Season 13 of The Voice. (NBC Photo)

Jennifer Hudson will coach on Season 13 of The Voice. (NBC Photo)

Well, here’s an interesting twist.

A day after ABC announced that American Idol will return in 2018, one of that show’s most successful alumni has signed on as a coach on The Voice Season 13.

NBC announced today that Jennifer Hudson will take the seat Alicia Keys is occupying on The Voice coaching panel.

Alicia announced last week that she wouldn’t be returning for Season 13.

The better news for longtime fans of The Voice might be that both Blake Shelton and Adam Levine have announced they will return for Season 13.

That completes the fall coaching panel. Miley “Motermouth” Cyrus had already been announced as a Season 13 coach.

Jennifer’s addition shouldn’t come as a shock.

The Grammy and Academy Award winner coached on Season 6 of the U.K. version of the show and one of her contestants won the title.

Now 35, Jennifer released “Remember Me,” the lead single from her upcoming fourth album earlier this year.

“She embodies the experience, expertise, positivity and sheer talent that ‘The Voice’ stands for,” said Paul Telegdy, president of the Alternative and Reality Group at NBC Entertainment.

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