TV talent show The Voice will return for its tenth series next year, but Meghan Trainor will not be returning as a coach.
But who will be replacing her and why has the singer decided to leave the show?
Here’s what you need to know.
Why is Meghan Trainor leaving The Voice?
Meghan Trainor recently revealed she was expecting her first child with her husband, actor Daryl Sabara, last week, and will therefore not be appearing in next year’s series of The Voice UK.
The singer joined The Voice UK in 2019, replacing Jennifer Hudson.
However, Trainor will still take part in the upcoming The Voice finals via a video link, after the current series was halted due to the coronavirus pandemic.
In a statement the singer said, “I had such a great time being a Coach on the Voice UK and spending time with everyone!
“I wish I could come back for Season 10, but I’m taking time to start my family and want to be really safe with the current travel restrictions. I’ll be missing you all very much and hope to see you soon!”
Who is replacing Meghan Trainor?
ITV has announced that pop singer Anne-Marie will replace Meghan Trainor as a brand new coach on series 10 of The Voice UK for Series 10, which will air in 2021.
Anne-Marie shot to fame with the release of her 2018 debut album, Speak Your Mind, which saw her become the biggest-selling debut artist of that year.
The Ciao Adios singer said, “I am SO excited to join Sir Tom, will.i.am and Olly as the new coach on The Voice UK. I can’t wait to work with incredible undiscovered talent! Wahoooooo!”
What did the other coaches say about Anne-Marie joining The Voice?
Anne-Marie will join Sir Tom Jones, will.i.am and Olly Murs in the search to find the next singing star, with the winner of the show securing a recording contract with Universal’s label, UMOD.
Sir Tom Jones said, “I am really looking forward to working with Anne-Marie for the upcoming series of The Voice UK. Anne-Marie will bring an injection of fresh energy and ideas which is fantastic. I’m excited and anticipating a fun and challenging new Series 10!”
Fellow coach Olly Murs expressed his delight with Anne-Marie joining the show, saying, "I'm so happy that Anne-Marie is joining us on the new season of The Voice UK. She was my guest mentor in 2019 and the advice and help she gave to my contestants that day was invaluable. I'm a huge champion of her.”
Meanwhile, Black Eyed Peas rapper will.i.am said, “I'm really excited about this new season and welcoming Anne-Marie as our newest Coach on The Voice UK. With her songwriting, singing and performance skills, plus her tell-it-like-it-is approach, this makes her the perfect mix-it-up addition to this season.”
When will series 10 air on TV?
Series 10 will return to ITV next year with 12 episodes, featuring The Blind auditions, The Battles, Semi Finals and Final.
Series 10 of The Voice UK will also see a new format introduced to the show - ‘The Block’. During the Blind auditions, the four coaches will each have the opportunity to stop a fellow coach from adding a singer to his or her team, but each coach will get only one chance to use their ‘block’ in the hope of trying to secure the best team possible.
A version of this article originally appeared on our sister title, Yorkshire Evening Post.