Despite the fact that she’s a fan favorite, Shakira is saying goodbye to The Voice — and making way for returning coach, Christina Aguilera.
“I'm hoping to get back to motherhood and back to the recording studio and continue with my music career,” Shakira told In Touch of her exit from the hit show at Tuesday night’s live eliminations. “You never know what might happen. I might be back at some point!”
After only one season in a big, red swivel chair, Shakira, who gave birth to son Milan in January, doesn’t regret one minute of her time as a coach on the NBC competition.
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“It's been more fun than what I expected,” the “Hips Don’t Lie” singer says. “I've learned so much more than what I thought I could learn. It's been such an amazing experience.”
And show host Carson Daly confirmed to In Touch what everybody's been assuming: “Christina’s coming back.”
After original coaches Xtina and Cee Lo Green announced they’d be taking a break this season, Shakira and Usher filled their spots and joined Blake Shelton and Adam Levine on the panel.
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But Shakira is more than happy to walk away… as long as her hopeful team members have grown during their time under her wing.
“It's not at all about my artist winning,” Shakia says of her goal on the show. “It's really difficult to win this competition, and there are many variables that come to play, but to me, it's more important that they learn something, that they have gained confidence, and that they can continue to pursue their dreams when they leave this competition.”
Cee Lo is also rumored to return, though it’s not yet been confirmed.
“This show isn’t built on coaches that are TV judges originally,” Carson explains. “You have four very A-list, prominent artists with obligations and we knew that. This was something that we knew going in. We think it’s great actually. I think the audience likes to see a little bit of a mash-up and a little exchange, too.”
Are you happy about Christina's return or do you think Shakira's a better coach?