usher the voice

*It was “The Voice” host Carson Daly who first put a bug in Usher’s ear about occupying one of the red chairs.

“I had conversations with him on his radio show and he really spoke very highly of it,” said Usher during a press conference for the show held Monday (April 22) in Los Angeles. “I said, ‘Okay, well let me see.’ And I investigated it, and before I knew it I was 100 percent signed up.”

With ratings up this season like Ursh’s one leg, it appears as if viewers approve of his and Shakira’s replacement of former mentor/judges Cee Lo Green and Cristina Aguilera.

“I was very proud of what I saw before, but what I brought was I guess years of experience and an opinion based off of not only my own career but also being able to mentor other artists,” said Usher.


The Voice (L-R): Adam Levine, Shakira, Usher, Blake Shelton

Fellow host Adam Levine says Usher, 34, is perhaps the most deserving of a mentor/judge slot because of two words: Justin Bieber.

“[Usher] really did do the real life version of what we do on the show, which is that you mentored the career of someone who became extremely successful,” said Levine. “And that’s probably worth its weight in gold, coming into this process because none of us had done that.”

Below, Usher, a one-time contestant on “Star Search,” says he also brings to the table the perspective of someone who’s been through the rigors of a similar talent show.