Christina Aguilera and Cee Lo Green will take a break for the spring season of The Voice, and will be replaced by Shakira and Usher. This news comes a day after American Idol announced its new judges, and it seems to me that The Voice has once again one-upped its rival.
Interestingly, NBC’s press release says that “Adam Levine and Blake Shelton will remain through season four,” perhaps suggesting they’ll take a break in the fall when Christina and Cee Lo return, and they both say they will be back.
NBC entertainment president Bob Greenblatt said in the announcement, “Doing two back-to-back cycles of this show requires a tremendous amount of time, and we are happy to accommodate the commitments made by Christina and CeeLo. 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.” And Mark Burnett said, “after three seasons, we needed to allow them to rotate out so they can get on the road amongst their fans.”