More than just a singing competition, The Voice 2016 judges and contestants’ personal and professional lives also play a pivotal role in the popularity of the series. This year’s season is no different, with constant rumors of judges shuffling and lovers returning.
The addition of Miley Cyrus and Alicia Keys greatly impacted the dynamics of The Voice 2016 judges, with long-timers Adam Levine and Blake Shelton almost overpowered by the fierce and outspoken newbies.
Though enjoying herself as part of the panel, Cyrus will not be joining next year as a judge due to prior commitments. Keys, however, will stay as a judge for next season.
Shelton’s girlfriend and previous The Voice judge, Gwen Stefani will be replacing Cyrus on season 12. The country singer and former No Doubt lead vocalist first started their romance on the show, soon after their divorce with previous partners.
However, Stefani’s husband of 13 years, Bush lead singer Gavin Rossdale is also joining the show. Does this mean a re-kindling of romance between Rossdale and Stefani? Is Shelton leaving the show?
The Voice 2016 Judges: Is Blake Shelton Leaving the Show?
Still holding the record of highest wins since the start of the season, Shelton has been a fan favorite and a reliable choice as coach. Boasting a win of four, with three straight winners under his coaching, the 40-year old has built a strong reputation in the series.
The rumors of Shelton being replaced by his girlfriend’s ex are proven to be false. Though it is true that Rossdale will be joining The Voice, it will not be in the US. The English rocker is excited to be part of The Voice UK with the legendary Sir Tom Jones, Will.i.am and Jennifer Hudson.
Rossdale is excited to be part of the lineup of judges and hopes he can be almost as good as his ex was. According to The Sun, the rocker expressed admiration for his ex as a judge.
“It’s ironic and it’s like nothing’s surprising any more. She’s so incredible at it. I’ve watched her. She’s really, really brilliant at that show. She’s so natural at it. I hope that I’m just half as good as her.”
— The Voice UK (@thevoiceuk) October 19, 2016