Williams, 40, will join the show's fall jury panel replacing
longtime judge Cee Lo Green, who left the show for other
ventures with the Comcast Corp-owned network.
Williams is expected to join country singer Blake Shelton,
Maroon 5 frontman Adam Levine and pop singer Christina Aguilera
on the season seven panel.
The producer has seen his star rise in the past year as a
performer on Robin Thicke's smash hit "Blurred Lines" and Daft
Punk's Grammy-winning disco track "Get Lucky." Williams was also
nominated for an Oscar for "Happy," the lead song from the
"Despicable Me 2" animated film on which he composed the music.
Williams has also carved out a niche as an arbiter of urban
style, with such fashions as a tuxedo with shorts at this year's
Oscars and a giant brown hat at the Grammys.
"The Voice," which averages about 13.8 million viewers per
episode, has outpaced its Fox rival "American Idol" this season
by about 3 million viewers per episode.
The show's celebrity panel of judges has been credited with
helping it rise in the ratings against "American Idol." It is
also considered a top spot within the music industry to promote
songs, such as Maroon 5 and Aguilera's "Moves Like Jagger," that
became a hit in 2011 after the singers performed it on the show.
The spring panel consists of Shelton and Levine with R&B singer
Usher and Colombian pop singer Shakira.
(Reporting by Eric Kelsey; editing by Piya Sinha-Roy and Lisa
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