Some big changes are ahead for Season 13 of The Voice. Gwen Stefani is out and American Idol alum Jennifer Hudson is taking her place alongside Miley Cyrus. But what about Blake Shelton and Adam Levine?
According to Radar Online, producers are doing everything in their power to keep Shelton and Levine on board — even if that means increasing their million dollar salaries. Insiders claim that ABC bumped their respective salaries by millions of dollars just to keep Shelton and Levine on the show.
"Blake and Adam are definitely back on for Season 13," an insider shared. "The network offered them both contracts that they could not refuse. It was for several million more than they were making, which was $13 million each for Season 12."
Producers had high hopes for Stefani's return this season, but her romance with Shelton failed to boost ratings. Cyrus will be coaching next season and it looks like both Stefani and Alicia Keys are on the out. Why didn't the No Doubt alum want to return in Season 13?
"Gwen would not be on with Miley at the same time," the insider added. "Gwen has not made any plans to return to the show after this season, even though Blake is coming back. She feels like her time on the show has run its course, and she is going to focus on her family and music career."
In addition to Hudson and Cyrus, NBC had Blake Shelton help them announce that Kelly Clarkson will be joining the show, but not until Season 14. Apparently, Clarkson had similar reservations about starring alongside the "Wrecking Ball" singer.
"Kelly would not be on with Miley either, and there was actually a bidding war for her," the insider stated, later revealing that Clarkson was offered $14 million.
The Ashley's Reality Round Up reports that Keys announced her departure last week. Keys was a part of the show for two seasons and it is unclear if she will return down the road. As far as Hudson is concerned, NBC president Paul Telegdy explained that they have high hopes for the former American Idol winner.
"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 explained, adding that Hudson is a "natural fit" for the show.
According to Variety, Hudson worked with NBC last December and wowed fans with her Hairspray Live performance. Hudson also just finished a run on Broadway performing the musical The Color Purple. The singer recently released her newest single, "Remember Me."
Hudson also has a history of starring in reality TV competitions. She started her career appearing on American Idol back in 2004. In 2007, Hudson took home an Oscar for her part in Dreamgirls. She has also had cameos on several TV shows, including Smash, Confirmation, and Empire.
Hudson certainly brings a lot of talent to The Voice and it will be interesting seeing her interact with Cyrus and the rest of the coaches. Whether or not the casting changes help boost the show's lackluster ratings is another thing.
Shelton and Levine, meanwhile, have been a part of the series since day one. Even still, the amount of their salaries is massive, especially considering how NBC raised them for Season 13. The two have not commented on the coaching changes or the rumors surrounding their payouts.
Season 12 of The Voice is currently heading into the final stretch. The series isn't expected to start filming Season 13 for a few more months. The new season should arrive on NBC later this fall.
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