NBC will have two “new” judges for The Voice in the fall as Gwen Stefani is in talks to replace the pregnant Christina Aguilera as a coach for Cycle 7, which starts taping in June. According to informed sources, Stefani also had been in talks for a judge position on ABC’s Rising Star, the interactive singing competition that’s set to premiere June 22. And she has experience on these kinds of shows, having mentored on Fox’s American Idol. The No Doubt singer and fashion icon might have given fans at the Coachella Music & Arts Festival something of a Voice fall preview last week when she joined Pharrell Williams onstage for a take on her 2005 solo hit “Hollaback Girl.” NBC announced last month that Williams will join The Voice next season, replacing CeeLo Green, who had announced his departure in February.
Williams, who’s fresh off an Oscar nom for the Despicable Me song “Happy” and four Grammy wins, was an adviser to Team Usher on Cycle 4 of The Voice and performed the smash single “Blurred Lines” with Robin Thicke on the show last May. The Voice hit a series low 2.9/9 last week as its playoffs began but still was the highest rated show of the night. This week’s episode ticked up to a 3.0 in the 18-49 demo.