Usher and Shakira to Replace CeeLo and X-Tina in Spring cycle of “The Voice”

NBC declared earlier this year that The Voice would return for 2 cycles during the 2012-2013 season. In doing so, the masterminds behind the series knew that it would be hard to maintain all four judges for both cycles. It was thought that they might have the “main four” do the fall set with a rotating spring judging panel each year.

That turned out to be half true. Country superstar Blake Shelton and Maroon 5 lead singer Adam Levine will be sticking around for the spring cycle while Christina Aguilera and CeeLo Green will be out touring and recording new records in the spring. In turn, today NBC announced that Usher and Shakira would be stepping in to sub for the temporarily departing judges.

“We are thrilled to welcome Usher and Shakira to The Voice,” NBC chairman Bob Greenblatt said in a statement.. “The addition of these popular iconic artists continues the tradition established by Christina, CeeLo, Adam and Blake. The participants on our show benefit from our coaches’ expertise and their continued success in the music business allows for significant new contributions to the contestants when they return.”

This is the first year that The Voice will go head to head with box Fox singing competitions, The X-Factor and American Idol. Last week, The Voice beat The X-Factor during its Wednesday battle, with the former series holding onto its high ratings from last year and the latter series dipping in its sophomore outing.

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