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Niall Horan announced as new coach for Season 23 of ‘The Voice’

NBC’s musical competition series ‘The Voice’ announced the new lineup of coaches for Season 23 next spring.  Chance the Rapper and Niall Horan have signed on as new coaches for the upcoming season, joining returning coaches Kelly Clarkson and Blake Shelton. Carson Daly will also return as host of the show.

Per NBC, ‘Singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Niall Horan brings a plethora of experience and a massive fan following to the show swiftly taking the world by storm. A former member of One Direction, known as one of the bestselling boy bands of all time, he has toured the world and played to millions of fans in sold out stadiums worldwide, including Wembley Arena. Horan is a storyteller at heart. His two solo albums Heartbreak Weather and 2017’s Flicker, released on Capitol Records, were critically acclaimed. The latter debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 in the US and produced the hit singles “This Town” and “Slow Hands.” Horan’s emotive voice is rich and insightful as he effortlessly captures his real-life experiences and range of emotions. The result is a whirlwind of modern pop and nostalgic grooves. Fans are eagerly awaiting his next solo project.’ Niall said in a statement: “I’m excited to be joining this season of ‘The Voice’ as a coach. I’m looking forward to meeting and mentoring the new crop of talent while we battle it out with the other teams!”

The Voice also announced that after 23 seasons, Blake Shelton will bid farewell following Season 23. Shelton has been a mainstay since the show’s inception and has eight wins under his belt; he’s also coached 15 artists whose songs have hit No. 1 on the iTunes Top Songs chart. Shelton posted on Instagram saying in part: “I’ve been wrestling with this for a while and I’ve decided that it’s time for me to step away from The Voice after season 23 … This show has changed my life in every way for the better and it will always feel like home to me.”

Camila Cabello, John Legend, Gwen Stefani and Blake Shelton are the current coaches for Season 22.

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