The Voice Season 10 was supposed to be without Gwen Stefani. However, according to a new report, it will not be.
— E! Online (@eonline) January 13, 2016
Towards the end of The Voice Season 9, it was revealed that Christina Aguilera, who had been alternating seasons with Stefani in the past, would be taking her place. And while that remains true, Us Weekly revealed on January 13 that Stefani will be welcomed back to The Voice Season 10 in a mentor role for her boyfriend Shelton’s team.
As the magazine revealed, Shelton suggested Stefani serve as a mentor for his team on the upcoming season of The Voice, and after Season 10 debuts ob February 29, 2015 at 8 p.m. on NBC, he will be getting his way.
— Us Weekly (@usweekly) January 13, 2016
“I don’t want Gwen to not be on [The Voice]. Why can’t we have a fifth coach?” Shelton told Extra TV last year, via a second Us Weekly report.
According to a report by E! News, also on January 13, it was noted that NBC presidents Bob Greenblatt and Paul Telegdy had previously hinted that Stefani wouldn’t be staying away from The Voice for too long. In addition to a confirmation by NBC that Stefani would “definitely be back at some point,” Greenblatt said “maybe” when asked if would return as a mentor.
“We’re announcing those advisers in the next couple of weeks but she’s very close to the show,” he explained.
“We’d love to see Gwen back [on The Voice]. She’s a great friend of this network, we love her, the audience loves her, lots of people love her,” added Telegdy.
As for whether or not Stefani would return to her role as a full-time coach for The Voice Season 11, which is expected to air sometime this fall, the exec admitted that nothing was set in stone quite yet — despite the clear pattern of alternating The Voice seasons with Stefani and Aguilera.
“We know what we’re doing in the spring, because the diva’s back, Christina’s coming back, and for the fall, we’ve got the Olympics, so I would only tease that yes, there will probably be some familiar faces. As I say, we like to switch it up, so I think there will be some fresh faces too.”
In other words, while Stefani’s return to her coaching position is possible for The Voice Season 11, it is also possible that fans will be meeting someone completely new to the long-running NBC show. A third possibility, according to Teledgy, is that there could be two female coaches on The Voice during the same season, which has not yet happened on the series.
“I think it’s about the right mix, and that’s a party I’d love to be invited to if I was in any way musically talented,” he explained. “It’s a machine, so finding the right combination would lead us down that path.”
Although the interview with E! News didn’t reveal many details that had been set in stone, the men did say that Shelton and Adam Levine aren’t going anywhere, and that neither party has ever discussed the idea of leaving The Voice.
“They’ll be back in the fall 100%,” he said.
As fans will recall, Stefani and Shelton’s romance was highly documented during the latter half of the ninth season of The Voice, due to their coming out as a couple in early November. After going public, the couple, who both went through highly-publicized divorces in 2015, often was seen flirting on the NBC show.
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