Latin pop star Ricky Martin has been named as the new coach on The Voice, replacing Keith Urban who quit to join American Idol.
He joins confirmed returning coaches Seal, Joel Madden and Delta Goodrem.
Nine’s Director of Television, Michael Healy said: “Ricky Martin is one of the world’s biggest stars. He brings huge experience to our panel of coaches which he’ll pass on to our Australian Voice artists in 2013. Most of all, we think he’s the perfect addition to Delta, Joel and Seal and all three of them are thrilled he’s joining them in the Big Red Chairs next year.”
Martin’s name had been the front-runner on the industry rumour mill for some time, along with other speculation over
Chris Isaak, kd lang and Kylie Minogue.
There were many who had expected the announcement to be unwrapped at Nine’s 2013 Upfronts but final touches were delayed by the Thanksgiving holiday.
Ricky Martin tweeted at the news, “Sending some mad love to everyone in #Australia! Can’t wait to go back! Peace!”
The Voice is tipped to return in April 2013.