The new season of “The Voice,” in which Shakira and Usher move into the big, red mentor chairs in lieu of Christina Aguilera and Cee Lo Green, doesn’t begin airing until Monday, March 25, but already inquiring minds want to know if the new additions to the cast are there for just Season 4, or if they will stay on for more.
“We are not judges. It’s not what we do for a living,” Shakira commented at a press conference for the new season of the singing competition. “We have musical careers that we have to attend to, but we are embarking on this great adventure and enjoying it until we feel that we have to get back to our first and most important duties with music.”
According to Executive Producer Mark Burnett, he is looking at this as the show now has six possible mentors to choose from each season as both Christina and Cee Lo are welcome to return at any point.
It was part of the understanding of getting such big-name talent as Christina, Cee Lo, Shakira, Usher, Adam Levine and Blake Shelton that they would need time off from “The Voice” to tend to their careers, instead of fostering new talent.
“Everybody can’t coach for life because when you have people who are current recording artists in the game, this is not their job,” he says. “Their job is their fans, making music and [performing] live, so we knew from the beginning that this would happen.”
As for Usher, who has already proved what a great mentor he is having launched Justin Bieber’s career, he says, “I speak for both of us saying that coaching is something that we love to do… The one thing that I hope is to come into this show and be able to score an incredible entertainer that people will talk about their story for years and years and track it back. I am kind of a living example of that. I started on ‘Star Search,’ and my career kind of launched from there.”
“The Voice” premieres Monday, March 25 at 8 p.m. on NBC.