The Blind Auditions only just ended for season 9 of The Voice, but NBC is already looking to 2016 by announcing which coaches are returning for season 10 in February.

As always, Adam Levine and Blake Shelton will continue occupying the two red chairs at either end of the lineup. Pharrell Williams, who is one of the current coaches, will be staying put as well. But who is getting the final spot? It looks like Gwen Stefani will be taking at least a one-season break next year because original coach Christine Aguilera is returning.

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“The coaches on The Voice continue to bring incredible energy, unrivaled musical expertise and a want-to-win attitude that makes for the perfect ingredients of a two-time Emmy-winning show,” Paul Telegdy, President of Late Night and Alternative Programming at NBC Entertainment, said in a press release. “We can’t wait to see what season 10 will bring.”

Christina was one of the original coaches for the first three seasons, and then returned for seasons 5 and 8. Pharrell, meanwhile, has only been a coach for the three most recent seasons. (Unless he decides to take a break, it seems like Pharrell has become a permanent member, though I’m sure Usher wouldn’t mind stepping in should he decide to take a season off.) The only time Christina and Pharrell sat alongside each other on The Voice was during season 8.

Out of the four returning coaches, all but one of them has won The Voice. Adam has won twice, Blake has won four times, and Usher and Pharrell have taken an artist to the winner’s circle just once. There’s a big push this season for a female coach to win, with a lot of people hoping Gwen can make Voice history. If she’s not able to, Christina will have that opportunity in season 10.

Are you excited that Christina Aguilera is coming back for season 10? Or were you hoping Gwen would stick around for back-to-back seasons? And do you think Pharrell will become a regular like Adam and Blake?

The Voice airs Mondays at 8pm and Tuesdays at 9pm on NBC.

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Jeff Dodge

Staff Writer, BuddyTV

Jeff Dodge, a graduate of Western Washington University, has been a TV news editor for many years and has had the chance to interview multiple reality show stars, including Randy Jackson, Nick Cannon, Heidi Klum, Mel B and John Cena.