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?