Only a matter of several days after it was announced that the Latin music superstar would be joining the coaching panel on “The Voice” as a replacement for Christina Aguilera, she released the following statement on her official site in order to confirm the big news:
“As some of you may know, [boyfriend] Gerard [Pique] and I are very happy awaiting the arrival of our first baby! At this time we have decided to give priority to this unique moment in our lives and postpone all the promotional activities planned.”
Based on the start of her statement, it does appear that the “She-Wolf” singer has known that she is expecting for some time, which makes a bit more sense given the timeline for the spring season. Shakira would likely tape the audition rounds for the show near the end of this year. Meanwhile, she would start to tape the live rounds in mid-to-late March of next year, plenty of time for her to tend to her new family, at least so long as the pregnancy rumors back in July were true.
In addition to Shakira joining the show early next year, “Survivor” is also going to have another new addition via pop superstar Usher, who will be on the show as a replacement for Cee Lo Green while he works on a new album and pilot for NBC. Adam Levine and Blake Shelton, meanwhile, are still expected to be a part of the panel as a part of the network’s strategy to mix the familiar with the new.
Are you happy for Shakira? If you want to check out who some of the notable acts are on the show so far this season, you can do so over at the link here.