NBC announced Monday that Usher and Shakira will be replacing Cee Lo Green and Christina Aguilera on season 4 of The Voice.
“We are thrilled to welcome Usher and Shakira to The Voice,” Robert Greenblatt, the chairman of NBC Entertainment, said in statement. “The addition of these popular iconic artists continues the tradition established by Christina, Cee Lo, Adam and Blake. 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 Cee Lo.”
Aguilera is taking next season off to go on tour and promote her new album, Lotus. Green is taking the time off to work on new music and a scripted comedy about his life.
“The Voice has always been known for pairing incredible up-and-coming talent with superstar coaches who are top-level current artists,” executive producer Mark Burnett added. “Having award-winning artists as coaches means they need to be able to tour. … 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.”
Both Aguilera and Green made it clear that they will be back after their hiatus.
“By pursuing my first passion of music during the break, I am also able to come back and offer even more to my team on ‘The Voice’ in the future,” Aguilera said in a statement.
“Thank you, NBC, for supporting my decision to take this season four hiatus!” said Green. “I will return for season five and will be watching season four.”
It is possible Blake Shelton and Adam Levine will be taking breaks in coming seasons as well.
The Voice airs on Mondays and Tuesdays at 8/7c on NBC.