The Voice: Christina Aguilera & CeeLo Green Returning For Season 5; Shakira & Usher Back For Season 6

It’s official – Christina Aguilera and CeeLo Green will reclaim their red, spinning thrones on “The Voice” (alongside Blake Shelton and Adam Levine) as coaches for the show’s upcoming fifth season, NBC announced on Friday.

Season 4 newbies Shakira and Usher are out, but not for long – the duo will once again replace Christina and CeeLo come Season 6, according to a statement from the network.

“We locked in a plan several months ago to have the outstanding Christina Aguilera and CeeLo Green rejoin Blake and Adam for cycle 5, and we’re pleased to announce that the original four coaches are going to be back together in the fall,” Paul Telegdy, President of Alternative and Late Night Programming, NBC Entertainment, said in a statement released on Friday. “They’re the reason this show was launched so strong for the first three cycles and we owe them a debt of gratitude. And after careful consideration of everyone’s schedules for next spring, we are excited to be returning the current cycle of judges — Shakira and Usher along with Blake and Adam — for cycle 6, which will premiere after the Winter Olympics.”

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Executive producer Mark Burnett said he is “thrilled” that the “’Voice’ family” has grown from four coaches to six.

“This show thrives on the ability of our coaches to continue to balance their enormous music careers with working on ‘The Voice’ to coach some of the best undiscovered talent in America,” he said in a statement. “The coaching panel of Christina, CeeLo, Adam and Blake was at the heart of this show in its first three seasons and we are so lucky to have found equal success with Shakira and Usher in season four. Our best seasons are ahead of us.”

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Carson Daly will continue to serve as host on the reality singing competition series.

VOTE: Who’s your favorite “Voice” coach combo — Usher and Shakira or CeeLo and Christina?

-- Erin O’Sullivan

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