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Yet another talent show is switching out its judges! After three seasons on NBC's The Voice, Christina Aguilera and Cee Lo Green will soon say goodbye to their rotating chairs. But not to worry, Voice fans: Shakira and Usher have been hired to replace them! And as for Blake Shelton and Adam Levine, they're not going anywhere.
Furthermore, there's a good chance we'll see Aguilera and Green again. According to producer Mark Burnett, the plan for The Voice was always to have a rotating team of judges.
“Having award-winning artists as coaches means they need to be able to tour,” Burnett told Entertainment Weekly. "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."
Aguilera will be using her time off to focus on her upcoming album, Lotus, which comes out on Nov. 13.
"Being a coach on The Voice is a wonderful experience and the relationship amongst us all is like an extended family," the singer gushed in a statement. "I am so proud of being part of the show from the beginning, all the work we’ve done, and proud of what the show stands for as a whole. As I have expressed since day one of the show, that I am a singer and performer first and I am so excited to get back to that love...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.”
As for Cee Lo, he's juggling multiple projects, including a solo album, a new album with his hip-hop group Goodie Mob, a Las Vegas show called Loberace, a memoir, and a new NBC comedy.
"It’s great to also give a host of other talent the chance to experience what a joy it is to be part of what is truly the best show of them all, The Voice!" Cee Lo said in his own statement. "I will return for season five and will be watching season four. NBC is home and as far as Usher and Shakira are concerned -- 'mi casa su casa'."
The third season of NBC's The Voice kicked off on Sept. 10th. Shakira and Usher will join up for the fourth cycle, which airs next spring.
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