Platinum-selling American singer/songwriter Meghan Trainor is to take over from Jennifer Hudson as a coach on The Voice UK. The 25-year old US singer will join returning coaches Sir Tom Jones, Black Eyed Peas singer will.i.am and Olly Murs when the show returns to ITV Choice screens in January next year.

Meghan Trainor on The Voice UKMeghan Trainor, whose hits include All About That Bass, Lips Are Movin’ and No, said: “I am so excited and honoured to join Sir Tom, will.i.am and Olly as the new coach on The Voice UK. It’s a dream come true and I can’t wait to sit in the chair with my own button and listen to some incredible new talent!”.

Hudson, who has been a coach on the show since 2017,  announced on Twitter yesterday that she’d be leaving The Voice UK because of a busy schedule saying “Hey y’all! I’m sad to share that I won’t be able to join my friends in the red chair for @thevoiceuk this season due to filming commitments here in the States. I sure will miss my UK family, but I’ll be back soon for ‘Cats’ and ‘Respect’! Throw some shoes for me in the mean time.”

Says ITV’s head of entertainment Katie Rawcliffe: “Meghan Trainor is such an exciting addition to The Voice UK. She has blown us away with her energy and enthusiasm and, although she is our youngest coach, she has an impressive career in music set to inspire all who join Team Meghan”.

What: Meghan Trainor on The Voice UK

Where and when: The next series of The Voice UK is set to air on ITV Choice, DStv Channel 12 in January 2020

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