Christina Aguilera Returning To ‘The Voice’ As Shakira Exits

DOMINIC PATTEN
May 14, 2013

Christina Aguilera is returning to NBC’s The Voice in the fall and Shakira is leaving after just one season, sources tell Deadline. A judge for the first three seasons of the high-rated singing competition, Aguilera left last year to promote her album Lotus, which came out in November. Cee Lo Green, another of the four original judges on the Mark Burnett-produced Voice along with Adam Levine and Blake Shelton, also took a sabbatical to work on his music career. Shakira and fellow newbie Usher joined Levine and Shelton this year for Season 4, which wraps up June 18. Burnett has said change on the judges panel is a part of The Voice. “Everybody can’t coach for life because when you have people with current recording in the game, this is not their job,” he said. “Their job is their fans and making music and being live, and so we knew from the beginning that this would happen, and we’ve had six coaches. They all have another life and their schedules.”

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