Cape Town - Twenty-five-year-old platinum-selling American singer/songwriter Meghan Trainor is taking over from Jennifer Hudson as a coach on The Voice UK.
The singer whose hits include All About That Bass, will join returning coaches Sir Tom Jones, Black Eyed Peas singer Will.i.am and Olly Murs when the show returns to ITV Choice screens in January next year.
"I am so excited and honoured to join Sir Tom, Will.i.am and Olly as the new coach on The Voice UK," the singer said.
"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!"
Jennifer Hudson, who has been a coach on the show since 2017, announced on Twitter on Thursday that she'd be leaving The Voice UK because of a busy schedule saying: "Hey y'all! 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 meantime."
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ITV's head of entertainment, Katie Rawcliffe, said: "Meghan Trainor is such an exciting addition to The Voice UK. She has blown us away with her energy and enthusiasm and, although she is our youngest coach, she has an impressive career in music set to inspire all who join Team Meghan."
She also extended a "heartfelt thanks" to Jennifer Hudson, adding: "She has been a tremendous coach, loved by viewers and the singers she has worked with during her time on the show."
The next series of The Voice UK starts filming in October and is set to air on ITV Choice (DStv 123) in early 2020.
Compiled by Alex Isaacs.