"The Voice" is playing musical chairs with its judges panel.
The popular NBC reality show has hired Usher and Shakira to be part of its four-person crew when the show returns for its fourth cycle next spring. They will replace Cee Lo Green and Christina Aguilera, who are reportedly expected to return to the show next fall.
Blake Shelton and Adam Levine will continue on the show.
According to "Entertainment Weekly," the new additions are part of a plan by NBC and producers to develop an ongoing stable of talent for "The Voice" that can be mixed and matched as needed.
The moves also prolong the "arms race" that has unfolded as TV's top singing competitions battle for supremacy. "American Idol," which returns in January, announced the additions of Nicki Minaj and Keith Urban to its judges' panel over the weekend. They join pop superstar Mariah Carey, who was hired in January.
Meanwhile, "The X Factor" recently opened its second season with new additions Britney Spears and Demi Lovato.
With Usher and Shakira, "The Voice" continues its trend of enlisting relevant artists who still have an impact on the record charts.
In a recent interview with "Billboard," Aguilera made it known that she was concerned about "The Voice" taking too much of her attention. The show is airing two cycles for the first time this season. ("Idol" and "X Factor" appear only once a season).
"It's been a joy to be a part of other people's