Usher, Shakira to Join ‘The Voice’ in the Spring [Details]

Rucuss staffSeptember 18, 2012

Usher and Shakira will be taking two of those revolving chairs on The Voice during the fourth season in the spring.

NBC announced that current coaches Christina Aguilera and CeeLo Green will step away for a season to focus on their music careers. Aguilera will be busy promoting her new album while Green will work on new solo album, new Goodie Mob album, Las Vegas residency ‘Loberace,’ new memoir, and new NBC comedy.”

Usher and Shakira are part of a plan by NBC and producers to develop an ongoing tent of talent for The Voice that can be mixed and matched as needed. Given the judges’ level of success and tour schedules, it’s difficult to have any of them appear on the show all season now that NBC has decided to run the series in the fall and spring.

“Having award-winning artists as coaches means they need to be able to tour,” said executive producer Mark Burnett. “Whether in the red chair or on tour, our coaches have their chairs for life. This is exactly why, after three seasons, we needed to allow them to rotate out so they can get on the road amongst their fans. Meanwhile, we’re incredibly excited to have singular artists like Usher and Shakira joining the fold.”

The other two current coaches, Adam Levine and Blake Shelton, will stick around through season 4, and Green and Aguilera are expected to return after their hiatus in the fall.

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