May 13th 2013
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.