Usher and Shakira join Season 4 of The Voice

Usher And Shakira Joins Season 4 Of The Voice As Judges/Coaches

20120917-194401.jpgWell, this is mighty huge! Mighty huge indeed!

To shake things up just a tad, NBC’s The Voice has hired themselves two new judges to replace Christina Aguilera and Cee Lo Green. when Season 4 airs after Christmas.

Yes, you read the headline, correctly – it is indeed the one, the only, the Bieber-Maker himself, Usher, along with Latin singer, Shakira.

The news broke on EW.Com and, with this news, the American Idol producers are probably hunkering down for an emergency think tank.

No pressure here, huh American Idol?

That is mighty stiff competition and I am hoping beyond hope that Idol gives them a run for their money. This will only make both shows bigger and better. I personally feel there is room for both.

All I know is this: no more January blues for me – for the reality show people, perhaps, but not for me. This singing competition tête-à-tête will pull me right out of the doldrums.

Christina Aguilera and Cee Lo Green are scheduled to come back in the Fall of 2013, but we shall se about that.

Right now, I am pretty excited about the replacement judges. How about you?

About Masterclass Lady

Rosanne (Giallonardo) Simunovic began her musical career in Timmins, Ontario. She studied piano with Anne Pizzale and later, at an advanced level, with Soeur Anita Vaugeois (Sister Cecile of Les Soeurs De L’Assomption in Timmins). Her vocal and accompaniment skills were nurtured by her aunt, the late Dorothea Mascioli. When Rosanne graduated from O’Gorman High School, she moved on to the University of Toronto where she continued her piano and vocal studies while attaining a Bachelor of Arts Degree. She was hired as a piano accompanist for several musical companies, most notably, the National Ballet Of Canada. She presently holds an A.R.C.T. Teacher’s Diploma in Voice from the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto. Rosanne has studied choral conducting with numerous well known Canadian Conductors, including Wayne Riddell of Montreal, Quebec and the internationally renowned Dr. Elmer Iseler. She has been a founding member of numerous community-based arts organizations: the Timmins Arts Council, later known as Arts & Culture Timmins, the Timmins Symphony Orchestra, and, the Timmins Youth Singers…as well as the TYS Alumnus choir, the Timmins Concert Singers. In 1987, she was also selected to be the conductor of the Timmins Board Of Education Choir, comprised of talented students from Grades 5 to 8. In 1988, she was elected to the Board Of Directors of the Ontario Choral Federation (now known as Choirs Ontario), where she served as Chair of the Festivals Committee for six consecutive seasons. In 1996, in honour of the Ontario Choral Federation’s 25th Anniversary, Rosanne was selected as one of 25 recipients of the OCF’s Distinguished Service Award for outstanding contribution to the choral art. The ceremony was presided by Lieutenant Governor, Hal Jackman. In November 1997, Rosanne Simunovic was selected by the Rotary Club Of Timmins to receive the prestigious Paul Harris Award for her years of dedication to the artistic development of young musical talent in Timmins. In August of 2002, Rosanne Simunovic was selected by the Board Of Directors of Choirs Ontario to serve as Conductor of both the Provincial Junior and Teen Choir Camps, now renamed in honour of the Camp Benefactors, Don and Lillian Wright. In November 2002, Rosanne was the one of the recipients of the Commemorative Medal for the Golden Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II, honouring her work in the development of the arts in Timmins. Under Rosanne Simunovic’s direction, the Timmins Youth Singers and the Timmins Concert Singers have been featured in numerous choral festivals and performing opportunities outside of Timmins. In 1985, they were selected to partici

2 Responses to “Usher And Shakira Joins Season 4 Of The Voice As Judges/Coaches”

  1. Imo, Usher will be a great addition to the judged panel but I don’t get them adding Shakira at all. I never thought she could sing but then I’m not qualified to judge either. It looks like The Voice is following suit of the ‘other’ show and is adding/replacing judges that will draw viewers regardless of their talent.


  2. Hi Rosanne! I really think this is somewhat of an improvement. My concern is that the judges will become more important than the contestants. This is already a problem for The Voice. Do people really remember the contestants? Idol has made it a priority (for the most part) to make the show about the contestants. Now, I think there will be more focus on the new judges.

    Then again, the novelty of these celebrity judges MIGHT wear off, and if the contestants aren’t terrific, ratings will go down. I really don’t think The Voice or X-Factor are important enough to me. But I DO care about American Idol. I don’t want the show to change so much, that what I love about it will be gone. They better have some wonderful contestants!


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