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?