When The Voice returns for its 13th season this fall, Jennifer Hudson will be seated in the chair vacated by season 12's winning coach Alicia Keys. And Jennifer is thrilled to take on the challenge of mentoring a new batch of singers and songwriters in the reality spotlight.
In an interview with Hollywood Outbreak
, Jennifer teased that she understands the fear any potential contestant may experience stepping on stage in front of the cameras for the first time, drawing on her time as a contestant on American Idol
Jennifer came in seventh place during American Idol
third season in 2004. Two years later, she scored her first starring role in a motion picture, Dreamgirls
, and subsequently won an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for her portrayal of Effie White.
Said Jennifer to Hollywood Outbreak of her new gig, "First off it's exciting to be on The Voice. Second, I think it's great to be a coach on the show because I have been in their [contestants] position and I know what they're going to go through."
"I am happy to coach them on and also, it's a great experience for myself as well," she continued.
"In tears thinking of what this means and represents to me and knowing and walking the journey!" she wrote in the image's caption. "Wow, who would have thought after being a contestant, that one day, I would be sitting in one of those chairs from the U.K. to the U.S! Only God!!!! Oh but I made it!"
In an official press release, Paul Telegdy, President, Alternative and Reality Group, NBC Entertainment remarked, "Jennifer is an extraordinary vocal talent and one of the premier voices of our time. She embodies the experience, expertise, positivity and sheer talent that The Voice stands for," he said.
"Her exceptional skills as a singer and actress have extended to film, television and Broadway, which makes her an incredible addition and a natural fit for our show," he concluded.
What do you think? Are you excited to see Jennifer Hudson as a coach on The Voice? Let us know what you think in the comments!
(Image and videos courtesy of NBC)