Just because Christina Aguilera won’t be around to bust the chops of Blake Shelton and Adam Levine in the fourth season of “The Voice,” doesn’t mean there won’t be a strong woman in the mentor chairs to do the job when Shakira takes over as the sole female.
“Now you have a pregnant, hormonal Colombian,” Levine told reporters at a press conference for the new season. “She’s ready to bust some heads. She ain’t messing around.”
With two new personalities added to the mix — Usher is replacing Cee Lo Green — Shelton says that the chemistry between the judges has definitely changed.
“It’s two different personalities,” he says. “I would say the competitiveness is up somehow. Cee Lo was always just so laid back. He’s kind of been the quiet killer in this thing. So we’ve replaced Cee Lo with somebody that’s just that much more aggressive, and Christina was always competitive, so now you’ve got four that are just killers up here.”
In addition to ratcheting up the rivalry, the new judges will also have their own style when it comes to selecting their teams and mentoring.
“I think I’m super serious,” says Usher, who has already proved what a great mentor he is in that he launched Justin Bieber’s career. “I think my style is just more military than anything because I’m all about the preparation. I rehearse a million times to be prepared. But my style is to make them understand the seriousness of the craft, and that they have the very best opportunity to be the greatest or the worst depending on how they take it.”
Since Shakira is also a producer and writer, she tends to be very hands on in her own career and that is translating itself into her new job on “The Voice.” “I tend to micromanage so much that I’ve seen myself lately, while I’m coaching my team, that I tend to do the same. I focus on the detail,” she says. “I don’t know if it’s maybe because of the female condition — men are more focused on the general aspects, and women tend to focus on details a lot — so when I’m giving directions to my contestants, I’m particularly focused on details.”
And how do her male co-horts respond to that?
“She plays the female card quite a bit. That’s one thing we can’t compete with really, so she’s smart,” says Levine. “Watch out for her. She’s so sweet and she smiles, but she’s not that sweet!”
Watch Blake, Adam, Christina and Cee Lo Perform on the Season 3 Finale of “The Voice”:
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“The Voice” premieres Monday, March 25 at 8/7c on NBC.