Between 'The Voice' and 'American Idol,' Whose Coaches Will Be Returning?
With "American Idol" seeing a resurgence in ratings and fan involvement and "The Voice" debuting even stronger than expected with its first season, both shows are due back for another strong season in the coming year. But what about the judges and coaches?
Though there was some speculation that Christina Aguilera would be leaving "The Voice" (and she really seemed a bit moody during the finale), the pop songstress is sure to return for season two. Today, NBC officially announced that all four coaches will be returning to "The Voice," which means Aguilera will be back with Adam Levine, Blake Shelton, and Cee Lo Green.
Our fantastic coaches were integral to the tremendous success of ‘The Voice’ this year and we are thrilled that they are all returning,” said NBC exec Paul Telegdy in a press release. “We look forward to building season two and making ‘The Voice’ an even greater experience for fans."
That's good news for NBC, whose ratings had been suffering until "The Voice" came along and rejuvenated the ailing network's audience numbers.
"American Idol," meanwhile, has two judges on lock: Randy Jackson and Steven Tyler both signed multi-year deals with the show, and are officially set to return for the 11th season of the most-watched show on U.S. television. Jennifer Lopez, however, is playing hard-to-get: she has "a lot of other things happening" and has not yet committed to coming back. Among the projects on J.Lo's plate are her own vocal competition series "Q'Viva" and her starring role in the upcoming film "What to Expect When You're Expecting."
The return of "The Voice" coaches is understandable, as all four have seen a boost to their album sales on iTunes as a result of the show, not to mention an increased public profile (anyone else who, like me, didn't know the name of Maroon 5's lead singer before "The Voice," raise your hand). Lopez, on the other hand, doesn't have much reason to come back, except for the money...which, at a reported $12 million contract for last season, is substantial. If Lopez returns, she's likely to make even more.
Did someone say "holdout?"