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"This is The Voice!"  I don't know what it is lately, but I can't help but get these awful theme songs stuck in my head.  Don't get me wrong, I love the premise behind NBC's answer to American Idol (and watching Adam Levine and Blake Shelton isn't too shabby either!), but couldn't they have come up with a better hook?  It is a music competition after all!

The show is gearing up yet again to premiere in March, and this time around Cee Lo Green and Christina Aguilera are taking a break.  Good riddance to Xtina and her witchy ways!  Replacing the duo will be Usher and Shakira, and while I'll miss Cee Lo, I think these two will be a fun, easy mix with Adam and Blake

In a recent interview, the four judges, old and new, discuss what we can expect from the upcoming season.  Adam admits that he underestimated Shakira's spunk, and Usher, who is responsible for giving us The Biebs, reveals that finding new talent is more difficult than he expected.  The blind auditions have all been taped, but the live portion of the show will resume taping in the spring.

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Speaking with Access Hollywood, the foursome joked around while speaking about season four.  Wow, what a difference an absent Xtina can make!  There are no divas in this group.  A pregnant Shakira explains that the schedule has been grueling, saying, “Hasn’t been easy, but I have a lot of energy. I can go long hours. I’m thrilled to be here and I’m sure he is too [referring to her soon to be born son].”

Laughs Levine,“She’s going to name the baby Adam actually. It’s a great name. It’s a strong name. Strong name.”

He continues, stating that he totally underestimated how tough of a judge Shakira would be, while she reveals that the stole some contestants from him.

As for Usher, he had some surprises as well, admitting, "I have a confession… There was a contestant who actually sang background for me…Totally did not recognize her voice!”  That is pretty hilarious. 

Blake says what we're all thinking as he explains the new foursome.  You know he is so thrilled to be rid of Christina for the time being!  “The dynamic has changed for sure,” asserts Blake. “It’s really fun."  Adds Usher, “I’ve been able to bring out his inner MC Hammer."

The new season premieres on March 25 on NBC.

TELL US-WILL YOU BE WATCHING THE NEW SEASON OF THE VOICE?  ARE YOU EXCITED ABOUT THE NEW JUDGES?

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