Shakira Will Replace Christina Aguilera On ‘The Voice’

Usher Will Replace Cee Lo

Last week we learned that Christina Aguilera is planning to leave The Voice as a judge so that she can focus on her own music career and today we learn who will replace her on the show next season. It is being reported that Shakira is going to take Xtina‘s seat when she leaves the show at the end of this season. Additionally, Xtina‘s fellow Voice judge Cee Lo Green is also leaving the show at the end of this season and we are hearing that Usher will take his place on the show. Click below for all the reported deets about this casting news for The Voice.

Christina Aguilera and Cee Lo Green will not participate in Season 4 of the show, which is expected to air in Spring 2013, in order to resume their music careers. Aguilera was quoted in the release as saying, “Since this year NBC and The Voice have decided to tape back-to-back seasons, requiring a full-year commitment, it is important for me to take season four off, allowing me to support my music that my fans have been waiting for” … Replacing Aguilera and Green on the coaching panel will be Grammy Award winning artists Shakira and Usher. Adam Levine and Blake Shelton will continue on as coaches for Season 4. However, it’s important to note that both Aguilera and Green also indicated their intentions to return for the show’s fifth season, which would air in Fall 2013. Said Green in the same press release, “I will be back for season five.”

Interesting casting. I can see how the new judges are similar enough to the judges they are replacing … which has to be intentional. I like Shakira and I like Usher more than Cee Lo so I approve of both. I find it very interesting that Shakira and Usher are being told that they are filling in on the show for one season and that they will have to go when Xtina and Cee Lo want to return. I guess it’s fitting that the chairs on The Voice are revolving chairs. What do y’all think of this casting news? Do you approve? Are you excited to see Shakira and Usher join the show next year?

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  1. I like both choices, Usher a little bit more than Shakira, but well, I don’t really mind Shakira either. (I saw her morph from one type of artist into another when she did her crossover and since then it has just been weird for me. It’s not like I loathe her or anything. It’s just different. And weird.)

    But hopefully these two are just substituting and not replacing the original cast on a permanent basis. I quite like The Voice’s judging panel as it is.

    • Cee-lo will be returning for the 5th season and hopefully Christina will probably return when she’s finished touring

    • @Jess — Yep, which is stated in the cited article :D

    • Diana

      I have such mixed feelings about Shakira. I’ve been a fan since about ’97 or ’98. I also saw her transform from one kind of artist (which I’m still in love with) to the artist she is today (which I’m kind of “meh” about). I defended her so much at the beginning of her crossover (“NO! I swear, she’s not just about sex, her Spanish lyrics are amazing!”).

      The fangirl in me will probably tune in for the first couple of episodes and see how much I love her in this new role.

  2. Lulu

    Usher more than Cee lo?? what? Cee lo is the best part of the show!

    I don’t know if I can watch without him.. boo..

  3. Britt

    Ugh, who would want to be on Shakira’s team? Not me. Blake and Adam are the only reason why I watch the show anyway though.

  4. I love Shakira but I have mixed feelings about her as a judge. I rarely watch the voice, but I’ll see the first couple of eps and will wait till then to make judgement. :)

  5. DC

    Shakira? really? might have to stop watching because of her

  6. there good choices. both have established careers. my only thing is i dont see the judges clicking & having the great chemistry thats there now. i’ll probably skip most of next season,

  7. I am confused by all this Shakira hate? She seems so cute, sweet and funny! I think she will have an interesting perspective!

  8. JCZ

    I just really hope this album/tour is a win for Xtina. I would not want to see a Leno/Conan sorta thing between Xtina & Shakira if she cancels again. Lol.

  9. Casey

    I’m so excited!!! I LOVE LOVE LOVE Shakira!

  10. miguel

    YES. I’m TOTALLY here for Shakira…people will FINALLY see how eloquently spoken she is. She’s SO bright, and am looking forward to seeing her every week. :D

  11. I am one of Shakira’s biggest fans, so I will be watching. I’ve seen her in concert twice and she is so good live. I find it hard to believe she would be on an American show. Excited to see Usher as well.

  12. YESSS! i love shakira so much that i may have to start watching this show!

  13. This is the kind of casting news that I like to hear, definitely much better than Nicki on AI.

  14. Ashley

    Will her pregnancy interfere with this? Love Shakira though so it will be a decent replacement. I love the chemistry the four of them have already though!!

  15. metsgirl

    I don’t know about either choice. Usher doesn’t have half of Cee Lo’s experience or creativity. That team will be very one dimensional or just not as strong. As for Shakira…again one dimensional. I’ve not seen her influence or creativity anywhere. I think Pink would have been an ideal replacement for Christina. I’m glad “The Christina Show” won’t be there anymore. But I honestly can’t say I can think of anyone better than Cee Lo for the purpose of this show. Thank goodness for Blake & Adam!

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