NBC announced yesterday that Christina Aguilera and Cee Lo Green will not be involved in the fourth season of “The Voice.” The two will be replaced by Usher and Shakira when the show returns in the spring.
Adam Levine and Blake Shelton will remain on “The Voice” through Season 4.
“We are thrilled to welcome Usher and Shakira to ‘The Voice.’ The addition of these popular iconic artists continues the tradition established by Christina, Cee Lo, Adam and Blake.” Robert Greenblatt, Chairman of NBC Entertainment, said in a statement.
“Being a coach on ‘The Voice’ is a wonderful experience and the relationship amongst us all is like an extended family,” said Aguilera. “I am so proud of being part of the show from the beginning, all the work we’ve done, and proud of what the show stands for as a whole. As I have expressed since day one of the show, that I am a singer and performer first and I am so excited to get back to that love. Since this year NBC and ‘The Voice’ have decided to tape back-to-back seasons, requiring a full-year commitment, it is important for me to take season four off, allowing me to support my music that my fans have been waiting for — with the release of my new album ‘Lotus’ on November 13. By pursuing my first passion of music during the break, I am also able to come back and offer even more to my team on ‘The Voice’ in the future.”
“First … thank you NBC for supporting my decision to take this season four hiatus! It says that I’m seen and respected as a complete artist and not just a cast member. I’m highly enthusiastic about focusing my undivided attention on my additional endeavors and interests like my upcoming solo album, new Goodie Mob album, Las Vegas residency ‘Loberace,’ new memoir, and new NBC comedy,” Green said. “It’s great to also give a host of other talent the chance to experience what a joy it is to be part of what is truly THE BEST SHOW of them all, ‘THE VOICE!’ I will return for season five and will be watching season four. NBC is home and as far as Usher and Shakira are concerned — ‘mi casa su casa.’”
We are very happy Blake Shelton is keeping Country music on “The Voice,” but how do you feel about Usher and Shakira taking over as coaches for Christina and Cee Lo?