USMagazine, Wednesday, May 15, 2013, 10:10am (PDT)
Never say never! Christina Aguilera will be sliding back into her swiveling coach's chair for season 5 of The Voice, Carson Daly confirmed to Us Weekly during the Top 12 live elimination on Tuesday, May 14. And Shakira, who stepped into Aguilera's vacated seat this season, will be taking some time off to focus on her family and career -- though that doesn't mean she's gone for good!
"I'm not going to be able to do next season because I have to get back to my motherhood and also get back to the studio, the recording studio, to finish my album, the one that I started working on before I had to deliver a baby and before I took this gig with The Voice," she told Us of her decision to leave the show after just one season. "So yeah, I have to take a little break. But you never know, I might come back!"
The "Hips Don't Lie" singer and fellow season newbie Usher have been rumored to be leaving the show, amid chatter of Aguilera and Cee Lo Green's return. But while Daly could confirm that Aguilera will indeed be back, he expressed uncertainty over Green's situation.
"I don't know. I think they are working on a deal to be honest with you, and I don't think it has been finalized," he told reporters on the red carpet after the live taping. "I don't know the answer to that. It wouldn't surprise me if it was, sooner or later. It sounded like today it was like, 'Yeah, they are working on it,' which, usually those things work out, but I don't know."
On Tuesday night's elimination show, a member of both Team Usher and Team Shakira were sent packing following America's vote -- Usher's earnest R&B crooner Vedo and Shakira's gritty rocker Garrett Gardner. But being returning judges doesn't necessarily give Blake Shelton and Adam Levine the advantage, Daly clarified.
"As a producer of the show, we do so much storytelling [for the blind auditions], [but] if they get goose bumps, they just hit their button and go," he said of the coaches' decision-making. "I mean, are you going to tell me Usher has a bad ear? You know what I mean? I think it was a coincidence that our two new coaches had people go home tonight."