Move over Gwen Stefani. After a two-season hiatus, singer and actress Christina Aguilera reportedly will return to NBC's “The Voice” for Season 8. Unfortunately for fans of her tough-love critiques, TVLine.com is reporting the “Beautiful" singer will not reprise her role on the program until 2015.
Other stars in the new lineup include Season 7 newcomer Pharrell Williams, and long-standing coaches Adam Levine and Blake Shelton. Williams is the first newcomer to “The Voice” to return for a second consecutive season. Season 8 is to kick off in the spring.
The casting news was announced by host Carson Daly on NBC’s “Today” show Tuesday. Aguilera has yet to comment on her return to the hit NBC competition series.
Aguilera, 33, first left the program in December 2012 and was replaced by Shakira of "Hips Don't Lie" fame, only to return the following year for Season 5. In 2012, the Grammy award-winning singer told E! News her departure would allow her to make more music and better benefit the new artists featured on the program.
“It’s bittersweet,” Aguilera said. "In order to remain great coaches and to stay relevant, we have to go out and we have to still tour, see our fans one-on-one. I have to feel creatively fulfilled in order for me to then do my job as a coach and be on that show.”
Ahead of Season 6, Aguilera left the series again in 2013 after announcing she was expecting her second child with fiancé Matt Rutler. The singer gave birth to daughter Summer Raine in August. She also has a son, Max, 6, with ex-husband Jordan Bratman.
“The Voice” is currently in its seventh season. New episodes air Mondays and Tuesdays at 8 p.m. EDT on NBC.