Airing today, Shakira and Usher take their seats beside veteran judges Adam Levine and Blake Shelton for the fourth season of “The Voice.” The season is scheduled to return to NBC on Mondays at prime time, but with recent schedule changes in the network, the celebrity judges and pop-star wanna-bes now find themselves competing with yet another singing show (American Idol) for the 8 o’clock time slot on May 8th for a special edition episode.
Although the time-slots may be scattered, the show will still be broken down into the same four stages as past seasons: blind auditions, battle rounds, knockouts and live performance shows. Exactly how it has been done in the past, the two singers sent home during the week depend solely on viewer voting.
With the musical weight of the country on their shoulders, I hope Shakira and Usher do not crack under the pressure. Although the judges are professional singers and trained coaches, they are only human (even if seemingly flawless).
The Voice is going on to do big things this next season, and Christina tells E! News “It’s bittersweet,” in regards to stepping down from the reality competition. But she defends her decision to the television network by saying, “In order to remain great coaches and to stay relevant, we have to go out and we have to still tour, see our fans one-on-one.”
The two new judges have big seats to fill (literally). Although it may take them a while to figure out the best approach to signing a new artist, I don’t doubt they will come around to the task eventually. These judges are under more pressure than the contestants hoping for that yellow slip to Hollywood and just as Shakira’s “hips don’t lie,” let’s hope her intuition doesn’t either.Adam Levine, Blake Shelton, NBC, Shakira, The Voice, Usher