Now that NBC has gotten greedy and felt two cycles of “The Voice” in one year was a good idea, it can’t keep all four celebrity judges around for both rounds.
For Christina Aguilera and Atlanta’s Cee Lo Green, the time commitment is too much. So NBC is reportedly seeking to replace them in the spring with Shakira and Atlanta’s Usher, according to Hollywood Reporter.
(UPDATE: The deal is done, according to EW.com)
Shakira isn’t quite the vocalist as Christina, but she has international appeal and her hips certainly don’t lie. And Usher – OMG! They trade one Atlanta R&B singer for another, who is in better shape but at the same time, is bigger in terms of chart success.]
Though their current music success is actually greater, Adam Levine and Blake Shelton are going to stick around for the spring, supposedly. But Blake (rightly) has complained about the stupidity of running it twice in one year. It makes it difficult to tour, he said.
This will change the chemistry of the quartet. I doubt it will be any better than it is now. Can Usher and Shakira replicate the playful banter of the current pair? I guess we shall see in early 2013.
By Rodney Ho, Radio & TV Talk