Given the flurry of positive news surrounding “The Voice” recently, the steady ratings and announcement of new judges Usher and Shakira, it should come as no surprise to learn that the reality singing competition has been renewed.
According to Entertainment Weekly, NBC has officially renewed the show for two more cycles, a fourth and fifth season. The fourth cycle will premiere in the spring of 2013 and the fifth cycle will follow next fall.
“This pickup will assure the many dedicated “Voice” fans that this innovative show will continue to bring some of the most talented new voices to the world’s attention through all of next year,” said NBC Chairman Robert Greenblatt. “With the addition of Usher and Shakira as rotating coaches to join Christina, Cee Lo, Adam and Blake in the next cycle, we know that this incredibly addictive program will remain even more relevant as we move forward through this exciting season.”
Host Carson Daly recently told MTV News that he is especially excited to see what Usher and Shakira bring to the judges table.
“We love it. We’ve been working hard at it,” Daly told MTV News on the red carpet of the Emmys on Sunday. “We knew Christina and Cee Lo were going to go tour, we wanted to find two people that are big musicians and artists who are trying to give back and help discover somebody and, really, Usher is that. That’s his business model, that’s what he does, so we’re excited to have them both.”
New judge Usher also added that he can’t wait to step into the mentoring spotlight.
“It’s the type of show that I feel really sets up an artist and makes it about what matters most first: the voice,” he said. “Everything else comes afterwards in terms of the mentors; that’s what gives the personality, gives the opportunity to be an artist who will excel and transcend culture and also be able to tell an incredible story in music. So I like being able to be at that place. I love being a mentor.”
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