“We locked in a plan several months ago to have the outstanding Christina Aguilera and CeeLo Green rejoin Blake and Adam for cycle 5, and we’re pleased to announce that the original four coaches are going to be back together in the fall,” said NBC’s alternative head, Paul Telegdy. “…And after careful consideration of everyone’s schedules for next spring, we are excited to be returning the current cycle of judges — Shakira and Usher along with Blake and Adam — for cycle 6, which will premiere after the Winter Olympics.”
Exec producer Mark Burnett added: “I am so thrilled that our ‘Voice’ family has grown from four coaches to six. This show thrives on the ability of our coaches to continue to balance their enormous music careers with working on ‘The Voice’ to coach some of the best undiscovered talent in America.”
The smooth coach transition contrasts sharply against the recent judge debacle on Fox’s “American Idol,” which has seen a steady rotation of celeb faces at the judging table for the last several seasons. Rumors surfaced recently that producers of the singing competish show wanted to oust Mariah Carey and sub in the more popular Jennifer Lopez. What’s more, Randy Jackson, the final original “Idol” judge, announced he is departing the series.