Usher & Shakira to Join ‘The Voice’
R&B superstar, Usher, and Colombian singer-songwriter, Shakira, will be the newest judges for NBC’s singing competition, “The Voice,” during the upcoming spring edition of the series. They will be replacing Cee Lo Green and Christina Aguilera, both of whom will be taking time to focus on their own careers. They are expected to return next fall.
“Having award-winning artists as coaches means they need to be able to tour,” said executive producer Mark Burnett. “Whether in the red chair or on tour, our coaches have their chairs for life. This is exactly why, after three seasons, we needed to allow them to rotate out so they can get on the road amongst their fans. Meanwhile, we’re incredibly excited to have singular artists like Usher and Shakira joining the fold.”
Aguilera will be working on and promoting her upcoming album Lotus, while Cee Lo will be preparing his Christmas album, Cee Lo’s Magic Moment. Cee Lo will also be focusing on a scripted comedy series for NBC based on his life.
Both Cee Lo and Aguilera are very welcoming of the newest judges.
“I will return for season five and will be watching season four,” said Cee Lo. ”NBC is home and as far as Usher and Shakira are concerned – ‘mi casa su casa’.”
By Sara – @ergense