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EXCLUSIVE: The Voice Australia's new coach is Usher!

Things are about get a little funky with the panel's newest addition.

By Chloe Lal

This week, Channel Nine announced that along with Australia's sweetheart Delta Goodrem, Kelly Rowland, and Boy George will be back on their spinning red chairs for the seventh season of The Voice Australia.

But one key name was missing in the line-up, with the network breaking hearts confirming the resident sass-pot and British crooner Seal won’t be returning as a coach.

But now, Woman's Day can exclusively reveal the fourth judge joining the stellar Voice Australia gang is none other than US singer-songwriter Usher.

This isn't Usher's first rodeo!
This isn't Usher's first rodeo!
He won the 2014 American series with his team's singer Josh Kaufman.
He won the 2014 American series with his team's singer Josh Kaufman.
Kelly, Sonia and Delta will all be back for the hit singing show.
Kelly, Sonia and Delta will all be back for the hit singing show.

Usher, 38, is a global superstar thanks to his sultry songs and ridiculously good dance moves.

But the dad to Naviyd, eight, and nine-year-old Usher Raymond V, is currently embroiled in a $25 million lawsuit by Laura Helm.

His former flame claims the performer exposed her to the risk of herpes when they had sex without a condom.

Usher, who has been married to his current wife Grace Miguel since September 2015, has repeatedly denied giving anyone an STD.

His attorney Zia Modabber told TMZ in September, "Usher will defend himself vigorously in court against these opportunistic claims and we will not comment further on private legal matters."

The singer speaks out about the scandal in the video below!

Channel Nine commented on the exciting news, stating, “While we do not comment on speculation or rumour, we can confirm that no decision has been made nor announced regarding the fourth superstar coach for Season 7 of The Voice Australia.”

The network needn't worry about their newest addition - Usher is no stranger to The Voice.

He was a coach in season four of the US series, where his act Michelle Chamuel came second, before being victorious in series six with his team's singer Josh Kaufman.

And the U got it bad hitmaker knows how to sniff out talent, after all he is the man who helped discovered global superstar Justin Bieber.

He's also at an advantage, being very close friends to fellow coach Kelly Rowland.

Seal's out... And we know one person who'll be happy!
Seal's out... And we know one person who'll be happy!
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of course!
of course!

In fact, during Kelly's X-Factor UK days, she'd called on Usher as her guest mentor.

"Kelly has a lot of friends in high places but has asked Usher to be her wingman," a pal explained at the time.

With Seal on the out, we predict a new partnership... And Delta may not be too pleased.

We all now how much he adores the beloved Aussie songstress, but Heidi Klum's ex didn't have the same relationship with his fellow coaches.

Delta will undoubtedly miss working with Seal.
Delta will undoubtedly miss working with Seal.

Back in July, following this year's finale, TV insiders claimed Seal could be difficult to deal with.

“He spent the whole season lording his previous wins over everyone, saying, ‘I’m a superstar and I want things done my way,’ ” a source told *Woman's Day.

And his frosty relationship with coaches Kelly Rowland and Boy George didn’t help.

“Everyone loved working with Kelly and Boy George,” the source explained at the time, adding Seal, 54, often felt like the odd one out.

Channel Nine are yet to officially announce Usher's new role, but they were excited to tease fans about the superstar's arrival.

Sharing an album on Instagram with the new line up, commenting on the newest member, they simply wrote, "Stay tuned for coach #4"

The Voice returns in 2018 on Channel Nine.

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