Shakira will be springing into action on the next cycle of The Voice…
The 35-year-old Colombian superstar will be replacing Christina Aguilera on the upcoming spring cycle of NBC’s hit reality singing competition.
Aguilera has decided to take some time off of the The Voice because she’s releasing her new album in November, and she’ll follow that up with a tour. Aguilera is expected to return next fall.
“We know we needed to find another of the world’s greatest female vocal talents, and Shakira instantly came to mind”, Voice executive producer Mark Burnett said about the search to find a replacement for Aguilera.
But Aguilera won’t be the only coach sitting out the next cycle…
Cee Lo Green is taking time off as he works on two albums and develops a comedy series for NBC based on his life. Usher has been tapped to fill in for Green next season.
“Usher is not just a singer or an entertainer, he is a global icon,” said Burnett.
Fellow The Voice coaches Adam Levine and Blake Shelton are staying put for Season 4.
When the network expanded The Voice to two cycles per year, NBC officials said that not all Voice coaches would be able to do both cycles of the show because of the demands of their music careers.
NBC chairman Bob Greenblatt said the network was “happy to accommodate” Green and Aguilera’s commitments.
“The participants on our show benefit from our coaches’ expertise and their continued success in the music business allows for significant new contributions to the contestants when they return,” he said.