On Monday, March 31 Wetpaint Entertainment reported that Pharrell Williams will be joining the singing competition "The Voice" for its upcoming seventh season on NBC. Williams will be replacing artist Usher as a judge. Usher was filling in for judge Cee Lo Green, who will not be returning to the series to pursue his music. The sixth season is currently airing and the seventh season is expected to air in the fall.
Williams is no stranger to the series, and he was a guest mentor on Usher's team during the battle rounds in season four in addition to performing on the show. Williams was most recently nominated for an Academy Award for his song "Happy" from the animated feature film "Despicable Me 2."
Cee Lo Green is one of the original four judges on the series in addition to Christina Aguilera, Adam Levine and Blake Shelton. Musicians Shakira and Usher replaced Aguilera and Green on the fourth and sixth seasons. Williams tweeted about his excitement in joining the series after NBC announced the news.
The competition series is unlike other shows, in which the contests audition for the series without being seen by the judges. Each judge decides whether or not to turn their chair around to the singer and then the singer picks which judge they want as a mentor when they are finished. Like other shows, the winners are determined through battle rounds and voted on by viewers.
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