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'The Voice' Season 14 News: Alicia Keys Returns to Defend Her Crown

by John Rosca / Oct 19, 2017 07:35 AM EDT
Alicia Keys Speaks on Winning The Voice Season 12 as a Coach

Gwen Stefani won't be joining Blake Shelton on "The Voice" Season 14. But fans will get an exciting comeback as Alicia Keys returns to be a coach when the show airs the next season in February.

NBC released a promo video that showed first-time coach Kelly Clarkson at the stage door of "The Voice," ready to find out who is the fourth coach that will be joining her, Shelton and Adam Levine. After a couple of false starts, she opens the door and Alicia Keys comes out.

"Defending my crown!" Keys proclaimed in the video. Entertainment Weekly notes that in season 12, Keys had coached contestant Chris Blue, who became the show's winner. Now she's going for another win on what would be her third season of "The Voice."

Variety reports that Paul Telegdy, president of Alternative and Reality Group at NBC Entertainment, lauded Keys for the high level of expertise she brings to the coaching job. He said the network was thrilled to have Keys come back. "The chemistry between Alicia, Kelly, Adam, and Blake will make for a wildly unpredictable and compelling Season 14," Telegdy said.

Unfortunately, this means the "Hollaback" coaches will not be a thing on the next season of "The Voice." It's possible that Gwen Stefani wants to focus on her music.

While Stefani's band No Doubt is apparently still on indefinite hiatus, the band is celebrating the 25th anniversary of the release of their self-titled first album in 1992. NME reports that No Doubt is releasing the album on vinyl for the first time to mark the anniversary.

Meanwhile, Shelton will be coaching without Stefani next season, which will air in February 2018. The current 13th season features Shelton coaching alongside Levine, Miley Cyrus, and Jennifer Hudson.

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