Blake Shelton On Usher & Shakira On Joining The Voice: ‘The Chemistry Is Definitely Different’

Blake Shelton says he’s still getting used to working with new “The Voice” coaches Shakira and Usher – who will be taking over for Christina Aguilera and Cee Lo Green for the show’s upcoming fourth season.

And while the quality of the NBC reality singing competition hasn’t changed – the country superstar admitted the vibe is a little different with two new superstars joining the fray.

“The chemistry is definitely different with Shakira and Usher replacing Christina and Cee Lo,” Blake told Access Hollywood, during a trip to the set of his “Blake Shelton’s Not So Family Christmas” NBC holiday special.

“But the show is still really good. It’s still entertaining – it’s just different personalities,” he added.

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As to whether Shakira and Usher can join the ranks of the show’s winning coaches (Adam Levine won Season 1 with Javier Colon; followed by Blake in Season 2 with Jermaine Paul), Blake said both of the new coaches are taking the job seriously – albeit in very different manners.

“I tell ya, Shakira is not joking around about this. She is serious and she wants to win this thing,” Blake revealed. “I don’t know if I’ve seen anybody as committed – out of the six of us that have done this now – as she is to winning this thing.

“And that makes me laugh because I know I’m gonna beat her,” he smiled.

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“And Usher, he just kind of plays the cool card and he’s real laid back. He doesn’t have to sell himself too much – I mean, the guy found Justin Bieber. That’s kind of the coaching/mentor role, right there,” Blake noted.

Season 3 of “The Voice” is currently airing on NBC.

-- Eric Anderson

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