Ariana Grande is switching "Positions"—to become a TV show judge, that is. The pop icon just announced that she will be one of the esteemed celebrity judges on NBC's "The Voice" season 21.
Grande, who was previously featured on "The Voice" to perform her hit "Into You" on the finale five years ago, will bring her bubble ponytail power and killer high notes as a full-time coach alongside fellow music superstars Kelly Clarkson, John Legend and Blake Shelton—who are all returning for their sixth season together—on the reality singing competition, which will celebrate its 10-year anniversary this April.
The "34+35" singer posted on Instagram: "Surprise !!! i am beyond thrilled, honored, excited to be joining @kellyclarkson @johnlegend @blakeshelton next season ~ season 21 of @nbcthevoice !"
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She also released an official statement, saying: "I'm so honored and excited to join The Voice family! I have been a huge fan of the show for such a long time. I can't wait to go head-to-head with the incredible coaches, get to know these new artists and help to take their craft to the next level."
Fellow coach John Legend officially welcomed Grande to the show, tweeting: "So excited to welcome Ariana to our Voice family!!"
So excited to welcome Ariana to our Voice family!! https://t.co/jBeq9cLPVjMarch 30, 2021
The show's official Twitter channel also got in on the fun, tweeting a side-by-side of one of Grande's posts about the show from 2011 with the announcement of her new coach position ten years later. You know what that is? Growth!
how it started vs. how it's going pic.twitter.com/9yUGD9unJrMarch 30, 2021
Needless to say, Arianators are beside themselves with excitement over the news that their favorite singer will be joining the show, with one tweeting (opens in new tab): "'are u okay?' NO ARIANA IS LITERALLY A JUDGE ON THE VOICE."
One tweeted (opens in new tab) about the sheer power of Grande's popularity, posting: "Ariana Grande on the voice. I wanna know when she turns her chair, do the other judges think the contestants finna pick them? Like seriously."
And others joked that they were going to start preparing their auditions just so they could get in the room with Grande: "Me auditioning for #TheVoice (opens in new tab) just to meet @ArianaGrande (opens in new tab)."
Me auditioning for #TheVoice just to meet @ArianaGrande pic.twitter.com/U3VlmSgDvxMarch 30, 2021
Is Nick Jonas leaving The Voice?
Not everybody may be happy with Ariana Grande's inclusion on "The Voice," only because it means that current fourth host Nick Jonas is stepping down from his judging duties for the upcoming season. Jonas first joined "The Voice" as a coach during season 18 in spring 2020.
However, Jonas fans shouldn't fret—it doesn't mean that the "Jealous" singer will be gone for good. According to Page Six (opens in new tab), "Nick will remain on rotation with other stars that have appeared on the show," including No Doubt frontwoman and Blake Shelton's fiancée, Gwen Stefani, who Jonas replaced in the show's 20th season. "The chances are he will be back soon.”
Ever the good sport, Mr. Priyanka Chopra welcomed his replacement with open arms, posting on Twitter: "Congrats ! You’re going to kill it next season! Welcome to the family @ArianaGrande."
Congrats @ArianaGrande! You’re going to kill it next season! Welcome to the family 😎 https://t.co/OSkQTGBueKMarch 30, 2021
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When does the next season of The Voice start?
Season 20 of "The Voice," featuring Clarkson, Legend, Jonas and Shelton as coaches, is currently airing on Mondays at 8pm ET on NBC. The debut date of "The Voice" season 21 with Ariana Grande as a coach is yet to be announced, but it will likely premiere in September of fall 2021.
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