A finalist of one hit music competition show is set to star on another, as NBC has announced that Jennifer Hudson will join The Voice as a host next season.
Hudson first gained popularity as a finalist on American Idol in the 2004-2005 season, before launching a prosperous music career that includes an Oscar Award for her appearance in "Dreamgirls" and two Grammy Awards for her self-titled debut and for her part in the The Color Purple musical.
"Jennifer is an extraordinary vocal talent and one of the premier voices of our time. She embodies the experience, expertise, positivity and sheer talent that The Voice stands for," said NBC Entertainment alternative and reality group president Paul Telegdy said in a statement. "Her exceptional skills as a singer and actress have extended to film, television and Broadway, which makes her an incredible addition and a natural fit for our show."
Hudson was a coach in the UK version of The Voice, and won the show with her singer Mo Adeniran. She posted about the new announcement on her Instagram page.
"In tears thinking of what this means and represents to me and knowing and walking the journey!" Hudson wrote. "Wow, who would of thought after being a contestant, that one day, I would be sitting in one of those chairs from the U.K. to the U.S! Only God!!!! Oh but I made it!"