Christina Aguilera Reveals That She Is Leaving ‘The Voice’ Next Year

Xtina Wants to Get Back To Her Music Career

The new season of The Voice just debuted this week (to lower numbers than last season’s premiere, I must add) but today we are hearing about the forthcoming exit of one of the show’s judges. Christina Aguilera, the sole female judge on The Voice, has revealed to Billboard magazine that she will be leaving the show at the end of the Spring 2013 season so that she can focus on her own music career. As you may know, Xtina is readying the release of a new album so it’s possible that she is planning a tour next year … which means she wouldn’t have time to be a judge on The Voice. Click below to read exactly what Xtina has to say about her decision to leave The Voice next year.

In an interview with Billboard on Tuesday afternoon, Aguilera expressed her concern that the top-rated show has “kept me away from my heart, which is creating my own music. It’s been a joy to be a part of other people’s journey, to be able to inspire and be a part of new singers coming up in this business … but I was staring to get really worried and concerned that I wouldn’t have the time to go and be an artist again.” The 31-year-old singer is prepping a new album set for release later this fall, with first single “Your Body” due to radio and iTunes within the next week, according to executives familiar with plans. She’s set to do a live Q&A on Twitter Wednesday at 11 a.m. PT/2 p.m. ET to officially announce the name and release date of the project. @theRealXtina Aguilera was quick to praise “The Voice” executive producer Mark Burnett and NBC for creating the option to opt out and eventually return to future seasons, however. “Mark made it very clear that these chairs are always our chairs,” she says. “He said, ‘I understand the only reason the show’s going to work is if it doesn’t get stale.’ And he totally understood that I needed something to fulfill my creative soul, and said ‘this chair will always be yours to come back to whenever you do what makes you the best.’” And returning for future seasons is still very much in the cards, she added. “I’ll probably be back. I just need to do my thing for a minute then I can come back and be that much better of a coach,” she says. “I just need a second to get back to me.”

Honestly, this is a great move by Xtina. In order for her to stay on track as a relevant pop star, she needs to take the time to focus on her own career. While I honestly believe Jennifer Lopez was forced to leave American Idol (because they wouldn’t pay her what she wanted to be paid), it really sounds like Xtina‘s decision to leave The Voice has nothing to do with money … it has everything to do with her own career. Because her last album didn’t really perform the way she wanted (and, as a result, was forced to cancel her tour in support of the album), I really think she is super focused on ensuring that her next album launch will be more successful. So, y’all still get to see Xtina on The Voice this season but … after that, she is out.

I know it’s far too early to guess but … who do you think they’ll get to replace her?

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  1. this makes me sad, but im all for her focusing on her music.

  2. Joanna

    They definitely need someone with her type of voice and star power. It has to be a girl since it’s such a boys club with Adam, Cee-Lo and Blake. Hopefully it will be someone in the pop world. I could see someone like Jennifer Hudson doing a show like this. She is a pop star, would be a big ratings draw, and knows what it takes to go through a reality singing competition since she was on Idol all those years ago. Oh and besides she has a massively impressive voice and would know an amazing singer when she hears one. I also think she can hold her own with the boys and be able to make a very convincing case for why the contestants should choose her over anyone else. Other than that I’m not sure who I would have picked (except Mariah before she landed the Idol gig).

  3. “The Voice just debuted this week (to lower numbers than last season’s premiere, I must add)”

    Yes, but their last premiere was after the Super Bowl. It was still the most watched show of Monday night, which is impressive.

    • Exactly! They had what, almost 40 million people watching season 2 after the superbowl? We all knew the numbers wouldn’t be that high without such a large lead-in. But despite that, and despite competing against Monday night football, they still had a very solid audience.

  4. Laurel

    My kingdom for Pink! (And keeping Adam, Blake, and Ceelo.) PERFECTION.

    • Alecia

      Yeah, I just heard P!nk she won’t do anything like that even though I’d love her to do it. She’d be fair but caring. I like the sound of J-hud even though she’s not the established in music. I say at least 5-10 years success is a good measure for any judge.

    • OMG P!ink would be amazing!

    • Lulu

      I couldn’t think of anyone I’d like until I read that! Pink would be awesome! :)

  5. I love The Voice. I like the show’s format. I like the celebrity panel. I enjoy their dynamic. I love it when they collaborate on stage. So…IF Christina leaves the show (part of me doesn’t think she will), I hope they find a solid vocalist that leans towards pop music to keep the dynamic of the judges going.

  6. Billboard was asked to remove that article so who knows if she’s actually leaving

    • @Jess — If she is going on tour next year, she’s leaving the show.

    • Joan

      See, Christina always “joke” around the show about how she’s the only judge that is 100% available as a mentor because she’s not touring around like the others. (That has been one of her selling points through the first 2 seasons.) I know it’s not the same thing for a pop artist like her, but the other three judges have kept on touring and releasing albums while still being on the show. “The Voice” is a nice gig for her. It’ll probably be the reason why her next album won’t completely flop, lol. If she can work around the schedule, I seriously doubt she would leave it.

    • @Joan Unfortunately the NBC execs have decided to do back to back episodes (one next spring),so it’s pretty much physically impossible for her to stick around for that one if she wants to tour. I do think she will be back in a year or two though.

  7. Xadax

    @Trent excue me, The Voice was the highest rated show that night. Don’t be a shady b*tch about it!

  8. cutitout

    Its the right decision. She should definitely tour again. I say put a hot mess in her seat like Jessica Simpson.

  9. Ashley

    I think its more of a bargaining strategy to cough up more dough. she not going to leave that show. She was Britney, Mariah, money. I mean look at Adam Levine. He manage to tour (during the first year), pop out a new album, start in a movie and film another TV show all while doing The Voice. I know Adam is in a group and she solo but Adam has a lot more going on

  10. AlphaMale

    I am more than thrilled that CA is leaving The Voice Someone needs to tell her to dress like a Lady and NOT a Lady of the Evening. She looks like she just came in from te “corner” where she is working.

  11. Cara

    I have always been a fan of Christina’s music. Her voice is amazing. But to be honest, I’m not sad to see her go. I hope while she’s away, she’ll do some extensive soul searching and come back a little more grounded, down-to-earth. I hate the way she dresses (like a HO), and her diva (be-atch) attitude is ridiculous. I still would LOVE to know what her problem was last season with Tony Lucca. She gave him a lot of sh*t, very rarely had anything nice to say. I thought he was great! I just didn’t understand it. I dont know what the hell happened between them in the past, but she was using the show to take SOMETHING out on him…and that’s just wrong.

  12. Melanie

    If you go to 1iota.com, a place where they offer free tickets to show filmings and concerts, it looks like The Voice is beginning their blind auditions in mid-October for their 4th season with Christina Aguilera still as a judge along with the other three. Hm.. I guess we’ll just have to wait and see then. Can’t wait for her new music to come out though!!

  13. Chris

    Pink should replace her.

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