'The Voice' taps Usher and Shakira as coaches, Cee-Lo and Christina Aguilera to exit

usher-shakira-getty.jpgThe success of "The Voice" has prompted NBC to make it a year-round event. While Season 1 and Season 2 were mid-season series, and Season 3 is currently airing on Mondays and Tuesdays, Season 4 will launch as early as this winter.

Because of the larger time commitment, coaches Christina Aguilera and Cee-Lo Green have decided to exit the show in Season 4 -- but don't worry, bromance fans. Blake Shelton and Adam Levine are sticking around to keep their banter going, and there will be some great artists filling in the blanks.

Taking the places of Aguilera and Green are Shakira and Usher. Executive producer Mark Burnett says that Aguilera, Green, and the rest of the judges are welcome to come and go from the show as they please to accommodate touring and recording schedules.

"Having award-winning artists as coaches means they need to be able to tour," Burnett says in a statement to EW. "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 and Green both released statements assuring fans that they intend to return to the show.

"Being a coach on 'The Voice' is a wonderful experience and the relationship amongst us all is like an extended family," Aguilera says. "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. Since this year NBC and 'The Voice' decided to tape back-to-back seasons, requiring a full-year commitment, it is important for me to take season four off, allowing me to support my music that my fans have been waiting for -- with the release of my new album Lotus on November 13. 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."

Green adds, "First, thank you NBC for supporting my decision to take this season four hiatus! It says that I'm seen and respected as a complete artist and not just a cast member. I'm highly enthusiastic about focusing my undivided attention on my additional endeavors and interests like my upcoming solo album, new Goodie Mob album, Las Vegas residency Loberace, new memoir, and 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! 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."


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