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Meghan Trainor joins The Voice UK

The singer-songwriter replaces Jennifer Hudson who after three years on the show has quit "due to filming commitments in the States".

Credit: Hanna Hillier

Meghan will join superstar coaches Sir Tom Jones, and Olly Murs who all return when filming commences on the new series in October, ahead of an expected January transmission.

Meghan burst onto the music scene with the worldwide smash single All About That Bass in 2014 and has achieved eight multi-platinum singles and two platinum albums, sold out three world tours. Not only has she penned hit songs for herself but she's also written for a variety of artists across pop and country, including JLo and Rascal Flatts.

Today, Meghan also released her brand-new single, Wave, featuring rising New York singer, songwriter and producer Mike Sabath which is taken from her upcoming third album, Treat Myself.

In the US, she has been a judge on FOX’s singing contest THE FOUR: Battle for Stardom for two seasons alongside Sean ‘Diddy’ Combs and DJ Khaled. Now, as she prepares to join The Voice UK she said “I am so excited and honoured to join Sir Tom, and Olly Murs 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!”

This news follows Jennifer Hudson confirming last night that she will be standing down from her role as a Coach on The Voice UK as she prepares for the December release of the hotly anticipated film adaptation of Cats and commences filming the Aretha Franklin biopic, Respect.

Taking to Twitter, Jennifer said "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."

Speaking about returning to the show, Sir Tom said “I’m really looking forward to returning to The Voice, I just love doing this show. I’ve had a fantastic summer touring and performing songs I enjoy and have a passion for, so now it's time to discover some talented new singers to see what they can do!”

Whilst said “UK soloists, duos and trios - I am looking for you!  This season I am seeking fresh sounds and unique voices that I want to work with and will compel me to push that button!”

And Olly Murs added “I’m so excited to come back to The Voice this year with a new energy and even a new knee - ready to defend my title as the winning Coach. It’s fantastic to introduce a new Coach to the team as well and I look forward to getting to know Meghan.’

Returning to host the show, Emma Willis said “I can’t wait for the next series of The Voice, especially to hear all of the incredible talent that will no doubt be walking onto that stage. I absolutely adore Jennifer and will massively miss her. However, Meghan is a fab choice to add to the Coaching line up and it's always exciting when a new Coach arrives on the show”

The Voice UK returns early 2020 on ITV


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