Sparkly outfits, busty tops and big hair will be back on “The Voice” for Season 5.
Pop diva Christina Aguilera will return next season as a coach on NBC’s hit singing competition, an individual with knowledge of the deal has told TheWrap.
Aguilera has signed her contract to return to the NBC talent competition, the individual said.
NBC could not immediately be reached for comment. The network held its upfront presentation for advertisers in New York on Monday, but did not announce any new coaches.
The pop diva will be paid $17 million, about the same salary she made for Season 3, which makes her one of the highest paid women on reality TV.
The insider said Aguilera’s return has been kept under wraps for a couple of months.
Mariah Carey currently makes a reported $18 million on Fox’s “American Idol” and Britney Spears made a reported $15 million on “The X Factor.”
Aguilera announced that she was leaving “The Voice” last December to promote her “Lotus” album and tour. Cee Lo Green also announced his exit at the same time. Shakira and Usher replaced them on the current season.
At the time, executive producer Mark Burnett played down the departures, saying that he expected that his coaches would rotate in and out and they were working artists. He also said they were always welcome to return.
“The Voice” has quickly risen to the top of the reality talent show ranks over its past four seasons. Last year, it took “Idol’s” spot in the Emmy race, replacing it among the nominees in the Outstanding Reality Competition category.
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.
A slew of celebrities descended upon New York’s Lincoln Center on Tuesday night (Apr. 23) to celebrate the TIME 100 list of the Most Influential People in the World, and musical artists like Frank Ocean, Justin Timberlake and Miguel were among those gracing the red carpet. Christina Aguilera — who was honored in a short essay by fellow diva Celine Dion — was also in attendance, looking remarkably svelte in a black Victoria Beckham dress.
The 32-year-old singer and “Voice” coach showed off a slimmer figure while sporting an unfussy look that was highlighted by some Lorraine Schwartz bling. Aguilera also performed “Lady Marmalade” during the star-studded ceremony.
“The first time I heard Christina Aguilera sing, I was totally blown away,” Dion wrote in her essay, released in the annual TIME issue earlier this month. “Without a doubt, she’s one of the most talented artists the world has ever seen and heard, and I think she’s going to continue to amaze us for many, many years to come.”
Aguilera released her fifth studio album, “Lotus,” last November through RCA Records.
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Mexican TV producer and director Salvador Mejía Alejandre confirmed that the Mexican singer Alejandro Fernandez and the American singer Christina Aguilera will sing the theme of his new soap opera “La Tempestad” (English: “The Tempest“). In an interview for the “Todo para la mujer” magazine revealed that the song is ready, but declined to give more details, only that it is very romantic, popular and vibrant as “La Tempestad.” The TV Series starring Ximena Navarrete and William Levy is a remake of Colombian telenovela “La Tormenta“, produced by RTI Colombia for Telemundo and Caracol TV. It will premiere on Televisa on May 13. The song is expected to be available for sale on iTunes later this month or early May.
How I hoped to never have to go public with this, but your reluctance to embrace your true musical identity as represented by a series of misguided and utterly depressing CDs—Bionic anyone?— has really forced me to spill the beans. Let me me offer heartfelt apologies in advance for breaking your confidence and sincerely say, at the risk of sounding didactic, that I am doing this for your own good. You see, with the truth exposed you just might be forced to acknowledge that the bulk of your discography is an act of treason against the great artist you longed to be but are clearly afraid of becoming. Clearly the failure of these albums, a series of increasingly misspent efforts chasing radio trends with exponentially more lackluster results (made worse with each album’s concomitant and public announcement that the new collection “truly reflects your personal growth and authentic self,”) has not chastened you.
While I know it’s fun to be a TV star and spin around in your chair on the The Voice after six hours of hair and make-up, this strikes me as a betrayal of your tremendous early promise. For Stargayzing readers, permit me to tell the story from the beginning, which will make my motives clearer and, at the risk of sounding grandiose, might give you pause to consider that you are, in fact, standing at a creative precipice.
Christina, you may remember the first time we met was sometime in the early months of 1999. I was working for the great songwriter Diane Warren (who wrote I Turn To You for you, among others) and she took me along with a few other staff members to a party in your honor at your A&R guy Ron Fair’s house. Remember? You had finished recording your debut album and the party was celebrating that milestone and essentially sending you off into the world to become an international pop star. I remember clearly being so impressed when everyone crowded into a smaller room and you sang a few songs with just a piano, like it was 1948. You had real, true talent and were sweet, friendly to everyone. Everything about you seemed filled with promise…
Read more at Stargayzing for further insight to Christina’s musical direction and influences.