Pharrell joins The Voice

Pharrell will feature on season seven of the singing competition.

Pharrell will join the star-studded cast of The Voice.

The Happy hitmaker is the latest addition to the US show’s panel of mentors, which now includes Adam Levine, Shakira, Blake Shelton and Usher.

A spokesperson for NBC announced Pharrell would appear on season seven via the network’s Twitter account on Monday.

“Okay, we can OFFICIALLY say it! WE ARE SO #HAPPY to announce PHARRELL WILLIAMS = #NewVoiceCoach for SEASON 7,” the tweet read.

Pharrell later took to the micro-blog to echo the news.

“This is going to be so fun,” he wrote.

“Welcome to the circus dude!” Adam chimed in.

The Voice is known for swapping out its panel of mentors on a regular basis.

Christina Aguilera and Cee Lo Green have previously starred on the programme, but announced their departures in recent months in order to focus on their own projects.

The remaining three mentors for season seven have not yet been announced.

Pharrell previously served as Usher’s guest mentor during season four.

Producers shared their excitement about the hitmaker joining the line-up on Monday.

“I am thrilled to have Pharrell come back to The Voice family, and this time… as a coach. Continuing in The Voice tradition of having the biggest and most current music stars as coaches, Pharrell fits perfectly,” executive producer Mark Burnett said.

NBC executive Paul Telegdy added: "It’s been a huge year for Pharrell, with recognition for his contribution in the world of music – the Despicable Me franchise soundtracks, his Oscar-nominated song ‘Happy’ and his Grammy-winning collaboration with Daft Punk on the breakout dance hit Get Lucky. His dominance in record sales in 2014, coupled with his incomparable accomplishments in the world of fashion and design, make him an irresistible addition to The Voice family.

“He has already made a considerable impact as a mentor, drawing on an impressive track record as both a producer and performer. It is a perfect fit for The Voice as we evolve and reach for new heights with this franchise. It feels like we are welcoming an existing family member home.”

The Voice fans won’t have to wait long for another dose of star-power, however.

Coldplay frontman Chris Martin was announced as a new “key adviser” on the US TV singing competition earlier this month.
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Monday, 31. March 2014