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"The Voice" showed off its penchant for musical chairs at the Television Critics Association press tour in Beverly Hills.
Three-quarters of the original coaching panel -- Christina Aguilera, CeeLo Green and Adam Levine --appeared with host Carson Daly to promote the upcoming fifth edition of the popular NBC singing competition (Sept. 23, 8 p.m. ET/PT). Blake Shelton, another original who will join them in the fall, was performing at a concert and unavailable.
Aguilera and Green, who appeared on the first three editions, will return after having taken the spring season off, with Shakira and Usher taking their revolving red chairs. The latter two will join Levine and Shelton in the spring.
Aguilera says she needed a break from the spotlight. "I cannot live in front of the camera 24 hours a day. I have to take breaks and stay connected with myself," she says. "I'm a mom and ... when the cameras go off, I put on sweats and a T-shirt. The red lips come off. I needed some time to do that."
She's happy to be back with her fellow coaches. "It actually is like a family. ... I was actually looking forward mostly, besides, of course, being able to coach, to having a laugh with these guys."
Green, who was doing his Loberace show in Las Vegas during the season, says the coaching switch "was awkward and intriguing at the same time" and that he's glad to be back.
"It's been a life-changing experience for me. I am enjoying it completely," says the singer, who is working on a reunion album with Goodie Mob.
The Voice has been very successful but hasn't yet created a big star, an occurrence that Levine says requires "lightning in a bottle."
"A lot of things have to happen. The goal of the show is to do what we can for these amazing singers while they're on the show," he says. "The fact that (making a star) hasn't happened yet doesn't seem like a shortcoming of the show. It just seems like something that hasn't happened yet."
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