With all the drama that went into the fresh blood entering the new seasons of “American Idol” and “The X Factor,” NBC made it quick and easy when it came to “The Voice.”
The network officially announced that musicians Usher and Shakira will join the family as two new celebrity musician coaches when season four of the music competition returns in the spring.
Leaving the show will be Christina Aguilera, who is releasing a new album and going on tour, and CeeLo Green, who is developing new music as well as a scripted comedy series for NBC based on his life. Both will take the next cycle off and Green stated that he will return for season five of the show. Current celebrity musician coaches Adam Levine and Blake Shelton will, however, continue their rivalry through season four.
“We are thrilled to welcome Usher and Shakira to ‘The Voice.’” said Robert Greenblatt, Chairman, NBC Entertainment. “The addition of these popular iconic artists continues the tradition established by Christina, CeeLo, Adam and Blake. Doing two back-to-back cycles of this show requires a tremendous amount of time, and we are happy to accommodate the commitments made by Christina and CeeLo. The participants on our show benefit from our coaches’ expertise and their continued success in the music business allows for significant new contributions to the contestants when they return.”
“Being a coach on ‘The Voice’ is a wonderful experience and the relationship amongst us all is like an extended family,” said the departing 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.”