On ‘Leno,’ Christina Explains Why She’s Taking a ‘Voice’ Break

by | September 29, 2012 at 10:50 AM | The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, TV News

Christina Aguilera on "The Tonight Show" Friday night (Photo: NBC)

Christina Aguilera says she’s leaving “The Voice” so she can re-focus her energies on her singing career.

She laid it all out for Jay Leno Friday night when she appeared on “The Tonight Show.”

“The show is renewed for two more seasons [but] you’re not coming back. You’re taking some time off. What’s going on?” Leno asked her.

She explained that she feels it’s important for her to pay attention to her own musical career, in order to be a better mentor and coach to the contestants on “The Voice.”

“I think what makes the show really special, and why people appreciate it, is the four of us are artists,” she said, referring to fellow judges Cee Lo Green, Adam Levine and Blake Shelton (who haven’t said anything about leaving the show along with her). “And we have to go out there and experience our fans, do our shows, record our records and be artists ourselves so that we can be great coaches. So it’s important for me to take a ‘moment,’ especially since now it is back-to-back seasons.

Watch Christina Aguilera talk about “The Voice” on “The Tonight Show”:

“Fortunately, [the producers of "The Voice"] understood and have been very supportive,” Aguilera told Leno. “So I’m taking a little break, and going out on the road for ‘a minute’ … I love doing the show, but I have to keep it fresh and I have to fulfill my creative soul.”

She didn’t rule out returning to “The Voice” in some future season, but whether the job will be left open for her is anybody’s guess.

Our take on that: The show really can’t afford to leave her chair empty. We expect that if she really leaves (which seems certain at this point), “The Voice” will undertake a full-on, high-profile campaign to find a new judge/mentor of her caliber, in much the same way that “American Idol” and “The X Factor” filled their own vacant positions with A-list names. Here’s one we’d like to see considered for “The Voice”: The most legendary “voice” of them all — Aretha Franklin.