The Voice season 12 coaches: Gwen Stefani replacing Miley Cyrus | EW.com

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Gwen Stefani is taking Miley Cyrus' spot on The Voice season 12 — but she'll be back

Alicia Keys, Adam Levine, and Blake Shelton are staying put

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The Voice family will soon welcome a familiar face back to show: Gwen Stefani is returning to the singing competition after a two-season break, NBC said Tuesday.

Stefani will take Miley Cyrus’ red swivel chair for season 12 in February, joining returning coaches Alicia Keys, Adam Levine, and Blake Shelton and longtime host Carson Daly. However, the former Disney star won’t be gone for long — NBC said Cyrus will return as a coach for season 13 in fall 2017. The other three coaches for season 13 will be announced at a later date, NBC said.

“We can’t wait to experience the unique chemistry and energy Gwen, Alicia, Blake, and Adam will bring to season 12,” Paul Telegdy, president of NBC’s Alternative and Reality Group, said in a statement. “With Miley returning for season 13, we’re truly ecstatic about the unmatched musical know-how and talent coming together in our coming seasons.”

Stefani was previously a coach during seasons 7 and 9, the latter of which saw her relationship with Shelton bloom as their flirtatious moments became a regular aspect of the show. During her break from the show in seasons 10 and 11, the former No Doubt frontwoman pursued her music career. This Is What the Truth Feels Like, her third solo album and first solo effort in a decade, debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart in March.

The current season of The Voice finds Cyrus and Keys taking on regular coach duties for the first time alongside veteran coaches Levine and Shelton. The competition airs Mondays and Tuesdays at 8 p.m. ET on NBC.

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