Could Jennifer Hudson QUIT The Voice UK? Star has joined US version of the show

Show chiefs "intend" for Dreamgirls star to return - but her future's up in the air

Jennifer Hudson (The Voice UK 2017)

Jennifer Hudson's future on The Voice UK is in doubt after the star signed up to become a coach on the US version of the talent contest.

Broadcaster NBC announced this week that the Dreamgirls star will join Adam Levine, Blake Shelton and Miley Cyrus in the spinning chairs on the show's thirteenth American season later this year.

Paul Telegdy, NBC's president of alternative and reality, commented: "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.

"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."

The move marks the first time that the The Voice US has hired a coach that previously starred in another adaptation of the format.

However, it raises questions over Jennifer's future on The Voice UK, which she joined this year as it moved to ITV.

Fall seasons of The Voice US typically air live shows between mid November and mid December.

This is roughly the same time that UK version usually films its Battle Rounds.

While Jennifer's involvement is up in the air, it seems there's reason to be optimistic, as ITV bosses are confident she'll return to this side of the pond.

A show source told the Radio Times: "The intention is for Jennifer to return to The Voice UK next series."

The 'Remember Me' singer previously revealed her desire to stay, saying: "I definitely plan on coming back for sure."

For now, ITV is concentrating on launching spin-off series The Voice Kids.

Airing later this summer, it will see children aged 7-14 audition for coaches Will.i.am, Danny Jones and Pixie Lott.

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