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11/13/2012 09:58 am ET

'The Voice': Adam Levine On Working With Usher And Shakira

When those chairs spin around on "The Voice" in March, two new faces will greet contestants with Shakira and Usher replacing Christina Aguilera and Cee Lo Green for the fourth season of the singing competition.

"Christina and Cee Lo are so close to my heart because we went through the show becoming a success together, and Usher and Shakira are coming into it as a big frickin' institution," Adam Levine told TV Guide. "So it's different, but it still feels good, because they're legitimate artists."

Levine and Blake Shelton will stick around as coaches for Season 4.

"We are thrilled to welcome Usher and Shakira to 'The Voice.' The addition of these popular iconic artists continues the tradition established by Christina, Cee Lo, Adam and Blake," Robert Greenblatt, chairman of NBC Entertainment, said in a statement. “Doing two back-to-back cycles of this show requires a tremendous amount of time, and we are happy to accommodate the commitments made by Christina and Cee Lo. The participants on our show benefit from our coaches’ expertise and their continued success in the music business allows for significant new contributions to the contestants when they return."

Levine said he and Usher had a history prior to "The Voice."

"I knew Usher. We've worked in the studio a couple of times together," Levine told TV Guide. "Shakira is a new friend, but I love her dearly already. She's so sweet and adorable and hilarious."

Aguilera and Green could return for Season 5, but no plans have been made yet.

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"The Voice" airs Mondays at Tuesdays at 8 p.m. ET on NBC.

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