‘Voice’ Fans: Are You Team Xtina or Team Shakira? Team Usher or Team Cee Lo?
Shakira and Usher have become popular "Voice" cast members during their short run on the show — some viewers even seem to prefer them to their predecessors, if the comments in this very blog have been anything to go by. But don't worry: Shakira and Usher will be back next year, for Season 6. And those of you who've been missing Xtina and Cee Lo, fear not — their return in Season 5 is just a few months away.
But until then, it's time to ask the inevitable question: Who judged it best? Let's answer that by staging our own Shakira/Xtina and Usher/Cee Lo "battle rounds"…
CHRISTINA AGUILERA VS. SHAKIRA
Manners: Shakira is definitely the kinder, gentler diva here. Shakira greets everyone with a smile and oodles of enthusiasm and affection, and she always "roots for the nice guys." Christina, on the other hand, is not always so nice. Remember that time when she rudely texted and sipped Starbucks during Tony Lucca's performance? Or when she spent her entire critique of Juliet Simms's fantastic "Man's World" bragging about her own performance of the same song at the Grammys? Or how she picked on the amazing Amanda Brown throughout Season 3? Sheesh. Shakira would never stoop so low.
Fashion: Yes, Shakira always kept it classy, and kept covered-up, and I appreciated that this season. But I kind of missed Xtina's endless, eye-popping array of Spanish lace fans, spaceship-shaped royal wedding hats, leather diapers, doll-hair wigs, bachelorette-party tiaras, and down-to-there plunging necklines. It was always fun, or at least funny, to see her black-bar-worthy fashion Don'ts week after week. I admit I'm already excited to see what sort of crass, crazy costume Xtina will rock on the Season 5 premiere.
Expertise: Both Christina and Shakira have made their unfair shares of coaching mistakes. Christina's past flubs included cutting Jesse Campbell in Season 2, letting Aquile and De'Borah go in Season 3, assembling a team of interchangeable mini-me's in Season 3, and being so obnoxious during her Season 2 feud with Adam Levine that she pretty much ruined her finalist Chris Mann's chances of winning. Shakira's track record hasn't been perfect, either. Her egregious Season 4 errors have included letting Luke Edgemon slip away in the Battle Rounds, pitting Garrett Gardner against Tawnya Reynolds and Shawna P. against Sasha Allen in the Knockout Rounds, and choosing a really unsuitable Backstreet Boys song for poor rocker Garrett that ensured his premature doom. But at least Shakira put together a diverse team, and she made a couple of smart, strategic Steals in the Battle Rounds (Karina Iglesias and Sasha). So this round narrowly goes to…