*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.
*Cee Lo Green, currently a mentor/judge on NBC’s “The Voice,” has been appointed Chief Creative Officer of Primary Wave Music, the management, marketing and music publishing company with which he signed in 2010.
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In this new capacity, Green will serve less as a client and more “as a true partner,” says Larry Mestel, founder and CEO of Primary Wave in a statement released on Thursday. “He is a master creator, unique visionary, charismatic entertainer, and deceptively brilliant strategist, a true quadruple threat.”
Speaking to The Hollywood Reporter just prior to the announcement, Mestel explained further. “We’ve formed this incredible personal bond in two years, and CeeLo is very excited and participatory in our business, so we wanted to do it in a bigger way and give him a piece of the company,” he says. As for Green’s CCO duties, Mestel says they “will be very high level — artists can plug into him for advice, he may look at artwork or write with an artist. It covers the myriad of things that he can potentially do.”
That includes the “creative planning” of Primary Wave’s annual pre-Grammy party as well as the company’s annual managers’ brunch. The experience will also “help build out his executive skills,” adds Mestel. Green is also managed by Primary Wave Music.
Next for Green, his appearance in the movie “Sparkle,” opening Aug. 17. He’s also producing his own Vegas residency show called “Loberace,” kicking off at Planet Hollywood in February 2013 and releasing a book next year as well as a new Goodie Mob album called “Age Against The Machine.” That’s on top of his highly anticipated follow-up to his 2011 album “The Lady Killer,” tentatively titled “CeeLo Green Is… Everybody’s Brother.”
Singer Cee Lo Green performs onstage at Escape to Total Rewards at at Hollywood & Highland Center on March 1, 2012 in Hollywood, California
*Cee Lo Green will stay put in Las Vegas for a few months.
The singer/rapper and judge on NBC’s “The Voice” will launch his semi-permanent show, “Loberace,” on Aug. 29 at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino on the Las Vegas Strip. The production will run at least through the end of the year, reports the AP.
“The concerts will combine Cee Lo’s flamboyant sense of style and over-the-top creativity,” producers said in a statement, adding that the show “will be as inspired and visually alive as Cee Lo Green.”
Organizers say the show will include a musical journey through time, with tributes to Prince and the Rolling Stones. “Mind-twisting magic and sexified showgirls” are also on tap.
The 28 shows through the end of December are scheduled for late nights, and some follow Planet Hollywood’s “Peepshow” production in the 1,400-seat theater.
Green told the Las Vegas Review-Journal he sees himself continuing Sin City entertainment tradition.
“I love the city. I can’t wait to be a part of it. I can’t wait to be officially there,” Green said in an interview. “From this generation I would just like to be able to carry on, and pick up the torch and continue to make Vegas a place to be.”