Stefani will be taking Shakira's place after the Latin artist had temporarily replaced original coach Christina Aguilera last season. Aguilera was expected to return to the reality singing competition for its seventh edition but is newly engaged and currently expecting a baby girl with fiance Matthew Rutler. Aguilera will therefore return to the show and sit in one of the four big red chairs for Season 8.
The Voice's sixth season concluded with Josh Kaufman being crowned champion. He had been mentored by Usher. Kaufman beat out runner-up Jake Worthington and third-place finisher Christina Grimmie for the title. Worthington had been mentored by Shelton, while Grimmie was on Levine's team.