The Voice UK: Meghan Trainor confirmed to replace Jennifer Hudson as judge

Meghan Trainor has been announced as the new judge on The Voice UK, replacing Jennifer Hudson.

The star will join Sir Tom Jones, will.i.am and Olly Murs on the judging panel to help find and shape up-and-coming stars.

On the announcement, Meghan said she was ‘excited and honoured’ to be on the show, and 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!’

JHud announced that she would be leaving after three seasons judging the show because of commitments around the upcoming Cats movie and her role in the Aretha Franklin biopic.

Taking to Twitter, she explained: ‘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 mean time,’ she 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,’ Olly Murs teased.

‘It’s fantastic to introduce a new Coach to the team as well and I look forward to getting to know Meghan.’

Katie Rawcliffe, Head of Entertainment at ITV, added: ‘Meghan Trainor is such an exciting addition to The Voice UK.

‘She has blown us away with her energy and enthusiasm and, although our youngest coach, an impressive career in music set to inspire all who join Team Meghan.’

‘We would also like to extend our heartfelt thanks, love and luck for the future to Jennifer Hudson,’ they added.

‘She has been a tremendous Coach, loved by viewers and the singers she has worked with during her time on the show.’

The Voice UK returns in 2020 on ITV.

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