Producers at The Voice are not waiting until the last minute to select replacement celebrity faces for their next season. NBC announced on Monday that they have hired Usher and Shakira to replace Christina Aguilera and Cee Lo Green as coaches on the spring edition of the network’s flagship singing competition program.
Network executives say the decision was made to give current coaches a break throughout to work on other projects, since the show will now be taping in spring and fall.
“Having award-winning artists as coaches means they need to be able to tour,” said executive producer Mark Burnett. “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.”
Blake Shelton and Adam Levine will continue coaching on the show this spring.