Singing competition The Voice has added R&B singer Usher and Latin superstar Shakira to its already impressive coaching panel. The two stars (and Grammy-award winners) will join Adam Levine and Blake Shelton for the reality show’s fourth season next spring, replacing Christina Aguilera and Cee Lo Green. The Voice edged out the Britney Spears-led X-Factor with 10.7 million viewers over The X-Factor’s 8.5 million when the two shows went head to head last Wednesday.
Since announcing that The Voice will run back-to-back seasons, its network, NBC, has been looking to build a team of coaches that they can rotate in and out to give their talent time to tour and work on their own projects. While Aguilera and Green are expected to return to the competition next fall, they will be busy with their music careers after the current third season wraps.
Green will be working on developing new music for both his solo album and for his hip-hop group, Goodie Mob, as well as working on a comedy series for NBC based on his life. Aguilera, on the other hand, will be going on tour to promote her latest album, Lotus (to be released in November). —Portia Baladad
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