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Shakira, Usher to replace Christina Aguilera, Cee Lo on spring ‘The Voice’

Shakira may take over for Christina Aguilera for the spring edition of "The Voice." CREDIT: AP

Shakira may take over for Christina Aguilera for the spring edition of "The Voice." CREDIT: AP

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.

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By Rodney Ho, Radio & TV Talk

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JTesla

September 17th, 2012
7:39 pm

I might actually watch just to see Shakira. She’s a vast improvment over Christina. Usher vs. Cee Lo… meh.

DAWG POUND

September 17th, 2012
7:57 pm

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DAWG POUND

September 17th, 2012
7:59 pm

Christina is the one that actually makes the show tolerable to watch. I guess half a year is better than none!

Highlander

September 17th, 2012
8:04 pm

Kind of surprising to me. Of the 4, Christina’s career is the one that is the LEAST busy right now! Seems to me the last time she had a song on the radio was her accompanying vocal on Maroon 5’s “Move Like Jagger”.

Seth T

September 18th, 2012
1:24 am

Enjoyed watching The Voice tonight. Since we no longer expect to see great talent, We just enjoy the show for what it is.

I do believe the talent is better this season than before, but realize that some of the unique and interesting talent will either be knocked-out in the dazzle of the battlerounds, or dropped by the Judges for some unexplainable reason.

It will be mostly the loud passion screamers and octave cruisers that survive and win anyway. But it’s good to see all the different styles and looks and voices, until they have run them all off.

Shakira just might be fun in a panel like this.

Eric

September 18th, 2012
2:36 am

I hope that Shakira and Usher replacing Christina and Cee-Lo doesn’t run off viewers from the new NBC singing show when it returns in early 2013.

I haven’t tuned in to season 2 of The X-Factor… not sure if I’m missing a thing or not. I won’t be watching season 12 of American Idol. Fox and Idol pretty much ran me off by going with Nikki Minaj as 1 of the 4 judges.

With Survivor coming back sometime this month… I hope CBS doesn’t run me off with anymore returning contestants from previous season and/or family members. Same goes for The Amazing Race… and hope that CBS doesn’t make that same mistake again with Big Brother next summer. I too got sick and tired of the Hantz family and Big Brother odd-couple “Brenchel”.

Deirdre

September 18th, 2012
7:30 am

Mercedes has contributed an interesting article from the New Your Times on the state of singing competition judges in today’s market:

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/09/18/arts/music/how-christina-aguilera-changed-judging-of-reality-tv-music.html?_r=1&emc=eta1

Deirdre

September 18th, 2012
7:31 am

York!!!! I really need to wake up BEFORE I start posting!

Deirdre

September 18th, 2012
8:52 am

Re Shakira and Usher: We talked about the possibility of revolving judges on Idol. It especially makes sense if the show is going to run twice a year. However, to me, this smacks of desperation on NBC’s part. I know that they are in the ratings dumpster at the moment and The Voice feels like a refreshing shower but too much of a good thing turns it into a boring thing. Maybe changing the judges will help.

Sam

September 18th, 2012
9:03 am

“The Voice” is trying to get me to watch, but I keep refusing. Bringing Shakira on may just convince me!

He said what

September 18th, 2012
9:15 am

It makes it difficult to tour? Well then tour! And don’t do the show in the Spring. Who is holding a gun to his head? He obviously makes more money doing the show then he does on his music or touring or the choice would be simple.

dawgfan

September 18th, 2012
9:23 am

Shakira?!?!?! This show just picked up a new viewer. I’d watch Shakira watch paint dry.

Mercedes S.

September 18th, 2012
9:49 am

Thank you, D.!

Anybody else watch “Revolution”? Kinda odd to see one of Brenda’s nemeses from “The Closer” as a good guy…was it filmed in Atlanta area? Much “Walking Dead” scenery; ditto plot elements. Lead young girl annoying. Will give it one more shot, though.

kay

September 18th, 2012
9:51 am

Neither one of these two judges can hold a note. Usher is not a VOCALIST, he spent much of his career as a performer that can kinda sing, but he shows his weakness in ballads. Same for Shakira…. so how can they coach??

m.johnson

September 18th, 2012
10:01 am

Metro Coach

September 18th, 2012
10:16 am

I’m a big fan of the The Voice as it is currently constructed. I don’t always agree with who the judges select, but that just means I have people to root for/against, which makes the show more interesting IMO. However, I agree with Blake, a second run in the Spring is dumb, and I’m leaning towards not watching because of the two new judges. If Blake Shelton leaves, I’m out, the chemistry between he and Adam Levine drives the show, and if that’s not there then its not worth watching. NBC is going to ride its one ratings grabber until everyone is sick of it, which might be by next May if they aren’t careful.

Rodney Ho

September 18th, 2012
10:22 am

MJ gets some dirt on how day two of “Idol” auditions with Nicki, Mariah, Randy & Keith: http://www.mjsbigblog.com/american-idol-12-spoilers-more-on-the-new-york-judges-round-and-beyond.htm

PTC DAWG

September 18th, 2012
10:59 am

Can the show and just let Shakari sing/dance. Now that’s TV worth watching.

PTC DAWG

September 18th, 2012
11:00 am

obviously I was too excited to spell Shakira correctly. That gal is En Fuego..

Sam-A

September 18th, 2012
11:23 am

At least Shakira seems to have a cute personality – more than I can say for Xtina.

Sam-A

September 18th, 2012
11:31 am

Mercedes: I watched “Revolution”. It was ok – certainly not earth shattering, but will give it a chance. Girl didn’t bother me too much, but my sister said she hated her. I’d totally forgotten the Uncle was the serial killer on “Closer”. I couldn’t place where I’d last seen him – DUH! My biggest problem was that he wasn’t a “super hero” or “alien”, so how the he-ll did he kill a dozen dudes who had guns and swords with a single sword and little help from anyone else????? And who was the gal who tried to rescue the brother contacting with that amulet? I’ll wait around long enough at least to find that out.

JTesla

September 18th, 2012
11:46 am

I didn’t watch it, but isn’t the “uncle” Bella’s dad? Not that I’d ever watch those movies… but just curious.

Mercedes S.

September 18th, 2012
12:09 pm

Well, Sam-A, at least Uncle was a soldier of some sort, and he’s had 15 years to hone his skills, if in darkness.

Sam-A

September 18th, 2012
12:11 pm

JT: Think you’re correct. Saw the first “T” movie, and I think he is the dad.

Mercedes, I believe at least some of the show was filmed here – having just taken that beltline tour a few weeks ago, the old quarry is very fresh in my mind – and that scene of the very green water surrounded by huge granite walls looked very familiar.

RxDawg

September 18th, 2012
12:15 pm

” didn’t watch it, but isn’t the “uncle” Bella’s dad?”

Yes, same guy, less facial hair.

I didn’t watch it yet, but I’m setting the DVR for it to give it a shot. I’m skeptical, because these big channel shows always tick me off because they drone on and on and never really go anywhere. That said, I just so happen to be reading Stephen King’s THE STAND right now. And it seems to have a somewhat similar background. And the King book is awesome.

Sam-A

September 18th, 2012
12:16 pm

Did anyone seel “Ellen” yesterday? Kellie P was on talking about shaving her head – very sweet girl, I must say, and a great story about 8 strangers coming together to rescue a hurt dog 18,000 ft up a mountain, whose owner just abandoned the sweet girl when he decided it was too dangerous to rescue her, and never even reported it to anyone. Lucky for her, a couple hiking saw her, and was able to get food and water to her, and posted it on a hiking site – 6 people responded and alll met and did what it took to get her to safety. Now one of the guys is adopting her.

Mercedes S.

September 18th, 2012
12:18 pm

Billy Burke is all that, Chief Swan too.
And Sam-A, the quarry, absolutely. Something dystopian about it.

Deirdre

September 18th, 2012
12:19 pm

The Stand IS awesome. One of my favorites! Have not seen Revolution yet. I was watching the Falcons last night. I should get a chance to see Revolution some time today.

Mercedes S.

September 18th, 2012
12:22 pm

Had to read your post twice, Sam-A; got impression Kellie P played a sweet girl abandoned on a mountain, getting food and water from hikers, and then rescued by someone who adopted her.

Mercedes S.

September 18th, 2012
12:22 pm

Had to read your post twice, Sam-A; got impression Kellie P played a sweet girl abandoned on a mountain, getting food and water from hikers, and then rescued by someone who adopted her.

Mercedes S.

September 18th, 2012
12:22 pm

Had to read your post twice, Sam-A; got impression Kellie P played a sweet girl abandoned on a mountain, getting food and water from hikers, and then rescued by someone who adopted her.

RxDawg

September 18th, 2012
12:26 pm

Yeh D, I was getting really dissapointed with a lot of the newer books I’ve read lately. So I thought I’d give some of the classics a shot. I figured there had to be a reason King became so big right? Well there is a reason. I actually read IT first. I thought it was great, really creative, and truly the first book I’ve read intended to scare you. And it worked. So now I’m working on THE STAND. I’m a little over halfway through and it’s fantastic. I think I like it better then IT, but I’ll reserve judgment when I finish it up.

Rickster

September 18th, 2012
12:30 pm

Had to read Sam’s post twice.. and post your own thrice, Mercedes? :-)

Sam-A

September 18th, 2012
12:53 pm

Dawg: several of us have given rave reviews to “The Stand” awhile back. It’s been about 25 years since I read it, but saw the tv mini-series a few years later – and it was really well done also.

Sam-A

September 18th, 2012
12:55 pm

Read King’s “Salem’s Lot” – VERY SCARY vampire tale.

Deirdre

September 18th, 2012
12:56 pm

Rx, my first King book was Salem’s Lot. It is excellent. I most recently read 11/22/63 which is fascinating.

JTesla

September 18th, 2012
1:11 pm

My first King book was Cujo, read it when I was in the 4th grade. Not a book for someone 9 to 10 years old, but I sure did enjoy it ;)

As much as we talk about The Stand here I should read it.

Mercedes S.

September 18th, 2012
1:29 pm

ready to give up. Long post starting with apology for triple post – “submit” didn’t take, or so I thought. Then long dirge on King books vs. movies, and when I punched “submit” I was reminded to fill in name and E-Mail. Which I’d already done THRICE today.

Jenny

September 18th, 2012
1:52 pm

The Stand!! Yay! I picked the right time to check in!

JT – Read it, read it, read it. You will not be sorry. 

RXDawg – when you’re done with The Stand, read The Shining. If  you think you know all about it from the movie- “you don’t know nothin’.” :-)  Trust me. Read it. 

And if you thought “IT” was scary – read Pet Sematary. The ONLY book I have ever been afraid to read while alone. 
(The movie was a horrid joke. Ignore it.)

Other faves – Christine, Firestarter, Cujo. (again, ignore the movies.) 

King just has a… way… of getting inside the characters’ heads, that’s almost unearthly. 
And to this day I can’t go through a tunnel without thinking  of Larry Underwood and the Lincoln Tunnel horrors….

RxDawg

September 18th, 2012
1:54 pm

Thanks for the tip on Salems Lot. I vaguley remember the movie, but I heard that the book was really good too. I had the Talismen in my sights next, but I might have to flip a coin for Salems Lot :)

R. Glenn

September 18th, 2012
1:54 pm

Sounds like more than commitment obligatiins to me.

RxDawg

September 18th, 2012
1:56 pm

“King just has a… way… of getting inside the characters’ heads, that’s almost unearthly”

Your right. He does such a great job of creating all these characters. They are all so different and complex. Makes you care about them. Or really hate them. He’s really good at that.

RxDawg

September 18th, 2012
1:57 pm

Hehe, anyone else think it’s funny that we are talking about books in a radio and TV blog?

Jenny

September 18th, 2012
2:02 pm

Oh, and definitely Salem’s Lot, The Dead Zone, and Thinner (under his Richard Bachman pen name.) Also the short story collections from his early years, and Different Seasons (which I believe includes “Rita Hayworth and Shawshank Redemption”… (only non-miniseries movie of a King book that they’ve ever really gotten right.)

Love each and every one of his earlier works. He did lose me in his later years. After his awful accident, his books seemed to change. I had a harder time getting into them (though I am waiting eagerly for the paperback to read 11/22/63.

Jenny

September 18th, 2012
2:03 pm

RX- The Shining!!! TRUST me!! :-)

Jenny

September 18th, 2012
2:05 pm

RX at 1:56, yes, and that’s why the movies can never live up. You can’t show that on film.

Jenny

September 18th, 2012
2:07 pm

Oh… and the short story “The Long Walk”. Absolutely haunting. (might have been under Bachman too, not sure.)

Sam-A

September 18th, 2012
2:10 pm

The “Salem’s Lot” miniseries was very good as well. The original tv Hutch from Starsky and Hutch starred – it was as scary as the book. “The Langoliers” is also really good. To this day, when I see those huge power things marching across the land, I think of langoliers!

Jenny

September 18th, 2012
2:15 pm

Oh my gosh, yes, read The Langoliers. (Sam, did you read or just watch miniseries? The novella is GREAT. Also, The Mist.

Deirdre

September 18th, 2012
2:36 pm

The whole Gunslinger series, the Dark Tower is really good,too.

If you like the idea of scary interspersed with laugh out loud try Dean Koontz series of Odd Thomas books. Read them in order.