*It looks like “The Voice” will have all four of its original judges in place for next season.
According to Deadline Hollywood, Christina Aguilera is close to wrapping a deal that would have her return to her spinning chair for season five. The singer, who took a hiatus for the current season in order to promote her “Lotus” album, was replaced by Shakira on the show, which has just gone into its live rounds.
Fellow judge Cee Lo Green, who also skipped the current season in order to work on his Loberace Las Vegas show and other projects, is in talks to make his return to the show as well. He was replaced by Usher.
The Hollywood Reporter claimed that Aguilera’s salary for season five could hover around $12 million, while other reports have it as high as $17 million, which is just a shade under the $18 million Mariah Carey reportedly earned for her one season of “American Idol.”
When Aguilera and Green announced their plans to take a leave of absence last summer, show producer Mark Burnett said it was not unexpected for stars of their stature to have other commitments that might take them away from the program from time to time. Fellow judges Adam Levine and Blake Shelton are expected to be back for season five as well.