The gang's back together!
NBC announced on Friday that pop diva Christina
Aguilera and funk singer Cee Lo Green will be joining pop star Adam Levine and
country singer Blake Shelton for Season 5, as TheWrap was the first to report.
It also said that Shakira and Usher are set to return on Season 6, which will
air in midseason 2014.
Green just inked his contract to return this week. Kept under wraps for a
couple months, Aguilera is set to return with a $12 million base salary with the
potential to reach $17 million, an individual with knowledge of the deal told
Aguilera took Season 4 off to focus on her "Lotus" album and tour. Meanwhile,
Cee Lo Green took off to work on new music and his Las Vegas residency. They
were replaced by Shakira and Usher on the current season.
"The Voice" has quickly risen to the top of the reality talent show ranks
over its past four seasons. Last year, it took the "American Idol" spot in the
Emmy race, replacing it among the nominees in the Outstanding Reality
In April, it reached a ratings milestone when its two installments took the
top two slots for the week in both the advertiser-coveted 18-49 demographic and
in total viewers for the first time in the series' history.