Christina Aguilera had a lot of people on edge after Wednesday’s “Voice” finale. Interview-after-interview, she refused to answer whether she’ll be back for Season 2 of the hit NBC show.
Even host Carson Daly was unsure. “I thought yes about 14 press people ago. But after doing so much press it seems like the media is under the impression she may not be which is 100% news to me. I thought all four were back. I’ll be back,” he said on the post-finale red carpet.
But as of today, the big question’s been answered. NBC confirmed that Aguilera will return along with fellow coaches Adam Levine, Cee-Lo Green and Blake Shelton.
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“Everything about this show has influenced and inspired me,” Aguilera told us after the finale. “Every opportunity and every high or low, ups downs, everything inspires you if you’re a real artist. And so everything with this show turned out to be such a great experience the boys were like my big brothers I never had and Beverly [McClellan] was amazing.”
When asked what she brought to the show compared to her fellow judges, the superstar joked, “Well they did the show because I did.”
Though we now know all four coaches are indeed back, Levine was equally cautious of revealing his season two plans, saying, “That is the question. [Pause] I would hate to say for sure, but I think so. If they’ll have me, I will be back.”
Daly added that even if all four judges weren’t coming back, the show wouldn’t suffer. “This show is bigger than any of its coaches or the host,” he says. “The format of this show will live on in perpetuity with many a stars in those chairs…There’s a number of musicians [who] I think fit.”
As for Green, he’s been outspoken about being all-in from day one. But he does have a few ideas of how he’d like to evolve as a coach for next season. “[I'll] be more poised and more precise for next year,” he told us. “We’ve been kind of not necessarily winging it because that would be insulting. But a lot of the action has been involuntary and instinctive and impulsive because everything is so new. But for next season, I’ll definitely be more seasoned and more situated and ready to win.”
As previously reported, the blind audition section of the show will be expanded as well. Host Carson Daly explains, “We’re going to do the blind auditions a little longer because I think America just started to fall in love with the turning of the chairs and then we were onto the battle rounds and we had to explain so much of the show and we are aware of that.”
Meanwhile, Daly also says they are casting now “and the word is that the talent level the casting group has seen is above and beyond season one.”
Season 2 of “The Voice” kicks off after the Super Bowl in February 2012.
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