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While The Voice is still in the blind auditions for Season 17, that doesn't mean plans for Season 18 aren't already in motion. The NBC singing competition just announced the new coach for the upcoming season, and dammit, he's probably feeling so cool right now. Nick Jonas of Jonas Brothers fame is heading to The Voice in Season 18, but what does this mean for Season 17 coach Gwen Stefani?
It's a question some may be asking after watching Nick Jonas announce his new gig during an interview on The Ellen Show. Ellen DeGeneres had a special surprise for Nick ahead of his official reveal, as Blake Shelton, Kelly Clarkson, and John Legend all sent their congratulations to him via video. Check it out.
Is Gwen Stefani not glad that Nick Jonas is joining the show? This may be a not-so-subtle hint from NBC and The Voice that Stefani will be stepping out after Season 17. That's not entirely surprising considering she's been in and out of the franchise since she first joined in Season 7. Stefani has been a part of the series longer than some coaches, but she doesn't have anywhere near the streak of her beau Blake Shelton.
Nick Jonas is no stranger to The Voice either, though this will be his first season as a coach. Before Season 18 Jonas served as a mentor on Season 8 under Team Christina Aguilera, and was a performer in Season 16's finale of The Voice.
To be clear, The Voice hasn't said anything about Gwen Stefani's status on the show past Season 17. That means it is entirely possible Nick Jonas will step in for John Legend, Kelly Clarkson, or even Blake Shelton. Stefani just makes sense since she didn't do a congratulatory video, and has never served as a full-time coach in back-to-back seasons.
The news may be a little disappointing to The Voice's Season 17 fans who have grown fond of Gwen Stefani and her playful dynamic with Blake Shelton. There are definitely some viewers that have preferred their play fighting to the past bickering between Shelton and ousted coach Adam Levine. It will be sad to see Stefani go if she's out for Season 18, but there's always a chance she will return!
Nick Jonas as a coach is exciting, especially given he's been in the limelight since he was a kid. He'll be able to mentor competitors both old and young, and maybe even have his brothers pop in for some additional help. We can hope, right? John Legend may be an EGOT, but there's only one of him!
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