It's an unexpected move, given that her output of late has been quite prolific - but Ariana Grande is side-stepping her own musical career for a short while.
She is replacing Nick Jonas, who was a coach for the past two seasons on the show.
Perhaps now that she's established as a pop force to be reckoned with, Grande feels she can afford to take time away from making music: her last three albums went to #1, including last year's 'Positions'. She has also had three #1 singles in the past year alone, including 'Rain on Me' with Lady Gaga.
The other side of the coin is that these gigs are clearly big money-makers for famous names; when Katy Perry joined the judging panel of 'American Idol' in 2017, she reportedly started off on a salary of $25 million.
Either way, Arianators may be waiting a little while longer to hear any more new material from Grande.