And the chairs will continue to swivel. Following strong ratings for its first episodes of the new fall cycle, The Voice has officially been renewed for a fourth and fifth season on NBC.
As already scheduled, the fourth season will take place in the spring, while the fifth season premieres in the fall of 2013. The early pickup for next autumn indicates that the Peacock is pleased with the performance of its signature singing competition series and will continue to run two cycles of The Voice per television season.
The spring cycle will feature two different coaches, as Christina Aguilera is heading out on tour to support the new album she will release and CeeLo Green will be taking time off to record two albums and develop a comedy series for NBC. Until they return next fall, Shakira and Usher will be filling their chairs and offering their vocal skills to the competitors. They will be joining original Voice coaches Adam Levine and Blake Shelton, who apparently have nothing better to do.
"With the addition of Usher and Shakira as rotating coaches to join Christina, CeeLo, 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," NBC chairman Bob Greenblatt said. "My hat is off to John de Mol, Mark Burnett, and everyone who produces this classy and highly entertaining show for us."
In other words, NBC likes money. Will the rotating panel of coaches make you more or less likely to watch the spring season of The Voice?