According to The New York Times, NBC announced on Monday that “The Voice” will be double the pleasure on April 30 and May 7 as two hour shows will be showcasing “pivotal rounds in the singing competition.”
You won't have to wait until April to climb back on "The Voice" bandwagon though. Thankfully, the season premiere is set for March 25. "American Idol" has left a lot of vocal competition junkies yearning for the NBC show's return.
Two of the judges returning this season have a lot to do with that. Fans are thrilled that Adam Levine will be back and you can be sure he’s hungry for another win as Blake Shelton has coached his way into back-to-back wins the last two seasons.
Shelton's popularity seems to continue to grow by leaps and bounds and with his success as a coach on the hit show, he has proven to be a fierce competitor. It's never a dull moment with Blake in more ways than one.
Christina Aguilera and Cee Lo Green are taking some time off this time around and concentrating on their own projects right now. Both have expressed interest in returning at some point.
Newbies in the form of Shakira and Usher should shake things up a bit this spring. In a world plagued with television vocal competitions with judge’s flying through a perpetual revolving door, new faces on such shows are under fans’ scrutiny as far as credentials are concerned.
So, is Shakira qualified to take a seat on the panel? You bet. This Colombian singer-songwriter, dancer, record producer, choreographer and model has not only sold millions of records worldwide; she’s done it in more than one language.
The 36 year old new mom has quite a few awards under her belt as well. With two Grammys, five MTV Video Music Awards, 28 Billboard Latin Music Awards, seven Billboard Music Awards and a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, this little powerhouse has certainly earned her spot.
Anyone who questions whether Usher should be on the show must not know anything about music in general. If you look up the word "entertainer" in Webster's dictionary, you'll see Usher's picture.There isn’t a whole lot that this guy touches that doesn’t turn to gold. He is ridiculously talented and his popularity never seems to waver. Signing Usher on for the show is a definite home-run.
In fact, “The Voice” will probably pick up quite a few new viewers now that Usher is part of the package this season. Whether you're a fan or not, it’s gotta be worth watching the show just in case he’s going to perform.
So, hold on “Voice” faithfuls; the wait is almost over. You may want to set your DVRs now because even if you plan on watching the show live, it may be worth repeating.