Christina Aguilera gets $12.5 million deal to return to The Voice: overpaid?

I guess it was always the plan to have Christina Aguilera back on The Voice after her hiatus this season, and it’s happening. The Wrap reports that Christina has inked a $12.5 million deal to return to the show as a coach, and that Cee Lo Green is returning as well for substantially less. In comparison, XTina earned a whopping $17 million for the same gig last year. So she’s taking a pay cut, but she’s still raking it in. The Wrap reminds us that Britney made $15 million for X Factor and Mariah’s salary on Idol was $18 million. So there’s some kind of benchmark for overpaid divas on reality judging shows.

Cee Lo Green is in advanced negotiations to return to Season 5 of “The Voice” alongside Christina Aguilera, according to an NBC executive with knowledge of the situation.

“We are not there yet, but working toward it,” said the executive.

As TheWrap reported earlier on Monday, Aguilera is already set to return next season as a coach on NBC’s hit singing competition.

Aguilera has signed her contract to return to the NBC talent competition, an individual with knowledge of the deal has told TheWrap. According to the insider, Aguilera’s return has been kept under wraps for a couple of months.

The pop diva will be paid $12.5 million for Season 5, said the executive with knowledge of the deal.

Another insider close to the negotiations said Aguilera made about $17 million when she was a coach on Season 3, which made her one of the highest paid women on reality TV. The insider said she could earn a figure as high as that again, depending on the number of hours she appeared. (Believe it or not, “Voice” coaches are paid by the hour.)

Green would not make anywhere near Aguilera’s salary. Negotiations are still underway for coaches Adam Levine and Blake Shelton, who are also expected to return, the insider said.

For comparison, Mariah Carey currently makes a reported $18 million on Fox’s “American Idol” and Britney Spears made a reported $15 million on “The X Factor.”

Aguilera announced that she was leaving “The Voice” last December to promote her “Lotus” album and tour. Cee Lo Green also announced his exit at the same time. Shakira and Usher replaced them on the current season.

At the time, executive producer Mark Burnett played down the departures, saying that he expected that his coaches would rotate in and out as they are working artists. He also said they were always welcome to return. Shakira is likely to return in a future season.

[From The Wrap via Radar]

This must mean that Usher and Shakira are off The Voice for now. I haven’t been paying attention to the show this season but Shakira has been spouting a lot of crap recently about how hard it is to be a working mom and lose the baby weight. She sounds like Goop lately, and there’s a good reason for that. Shakira also trains with fraudster Tracy Anderson. Shakira just claimed that she looked like a “Shar Pei” after she gave birth. You know this is the exact same thing that Gwyneth Paltrow said about her post-partum figure. Does Tracy encourage these women to sound clueless or are they drawn to her because she justifies their narcissism? Unknown.

Getting back to XTina, I hope this means that she’s going to stay somewhat sober and coherent. She had issues during her last stint on The Voice but she seems to have cleaned up recently and I hope that sticks for her. Not that I’m too invested in her well being. Drunk diva XTina is fun. Plus she wears the best outfits.

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  1. lee says:

    ugh. i don’t go out of my way to watch the voice, but it’s the only singing competition based show my wife and I will sit through when it’s on. We were just saying last night how glad we are the Christina is gone cause she was TERRIBLE and seemed like she didn’t even want to be there. (granted, we only saw last season and this one)

  2. paola says:

    Worst legs in the showbusiness.

    • samab says:

      I was about to write the same.I always find her absence of calves disturbing,even when she was smaller.The ankles are strange looking .Her legs have always been very ugly to me from the start,but probably right now that’s the last of her physical problems!

  3. Leelee says:

    She deserves every penny. She is worth it. Get that money bitch!

  4. honey says:

    Please! No one deserves that kind of money for something like that.

  5. Annie says:

    These shows are all terrible. Not one contestant/winner ever becomes a true star, the judges themselves often struggle to remain stars and they get paid a dozen million to fake a job in which they tell these deluded losers how to be stars? This is so stupid! The ratings are not even great. Nothing Christina Aguilera does is worth 12 million. She’s just not relevant anymore. She’s obnoxious and her style has always been so tryhardy and embarrassing. Whatever she adviced me to do, I’d do the opposite.

    I don’t get TV these days.

    • Rinny says:

      I would disagree that no one becomes a huge star.

      Carrie Underwood
      Kelly Clarkson

      for example…

      • hoya_chick says:

        I don’t know Rinny, I kinda agree with her. I don’t watch the voice and don’t know who the past winners are becausee they haven’t gotten Kelly/Carrie famous. The genre is overly saturated and as a result, the talent pool is thinning. Besides both the people you named are from AI and from years passed when the show was relevant.

        The contestants get the short end of the stick on these shows because its become all about the judges and their drama and pay checks. It’s a shame. I think the next step is to make a reality following the judges lol

    • VioletCrumble says:

      I’m 100% with you, Annie. I detest all these shows. They are crap, and to pay crappy people such millions to “critique” or “coach” those who are also famewhores by spewing their so-called expertise is simply obscene. No “entertainer” deserves that kind of remuneration.

  6. Jenna says:

    I actually kind of liked the show better without her and Cee Lo on it. *Shrug*

  7. HolaGatito says:

    I think The Voice is better off without her and her nasty attitude. Long live Shakira! She’s so sweet and passionate with her team members, a breath of fresh air.

  8. Lynn says:

    Ohhh Annie = negative nancy lol

  9. Angelven says:

    Noooo! the show is so much better without her. I was never an Usher fan but he is actually pretty good on the Voice and I love Shakira.

    • heatheradair says:

      Ditto. Husband and I were saying the same thing — we didn’t have much of an opinion on Usher or Shakira, but like them both — Usher actually seems pretty thoughtful and articulate, Shakira brings the crazy, but she’s MUCH more positive and affirming than XTina ever was. And Cee-lo just seems like a creep (BUT — that’s because he paid one of my husband’s friend’s girlfriends to sleep with him after a show in LA once, and that (lame) girlfriend actually went for it….yikes).

    • Scarlet Vixen says:

      My hubs and I also like the Voice much better without Xtina. She was so distracting with her crazy clown makeup, gross cleavage, misreading her notes, crazy fake laugh, and I felt she was overly critical of singers that weren’t on her team. I find Shakira to be much more invested and genuine.

      I do kinda miss Cee-lo’s crazy, tho. :-)

    • L says:

      Seriously. Usher gives great advice and seems to know how to actually coach someone from a production/performance standpoint.

      Show is just better without Xtina and Ceelo

  10. blaize says:

    I didn’t watch last season of the voice, so I don’t know what it was like. I don’t remember her ever being drunk on season 1 or 2 though. Christina Aguilera has ALWAYS had weird/flashy/interesting style, so that says nothing about her sobriety. Attention-grabbing looks seem normal for pop stars like her, Madonna, Lady Gaga, Rihana, Miley, Beyonc√©, and Ke$ha. I love dramatic celebrity fashion, so I’m not complaining.

    As far as the pay, I think that’s pretty reasonable, considering that it’s the norm to pay these pop stars millions of dollars to be on shows. I liked Christina as a coach and I thought she was funny on The Voice, so I’m glad she’s coming back.

  11. Quinn Parker says:

    I think she and Katie Holmes must secretly be related- same shaped legs.

  12. annabelle says:

    I am a fan of The Voice, but I don’t watch any of the other shows like it. I’m happy to have Christina back, I thought she was a good coach, but also gave constructive criticism when it was called for.

    I think Usher should stay, he’s been an interesting coach to watch and Cee Lo spends too much time being smarmy and hitting on people.

  13. Photo lab says:

    I’ll actually miss Shakira and Usher, they’re so good on the show, and I didn’t expect either of them to be. I hope they’ll rotate back in at some point.

  14. Jayna says:

    She was never once drunk on the show. People keep carrying on how she’s a drunk. Yet I never see any evidence of that beyond her one drunken night leaving a club. She may drink a lot at home. I don’t know. But people using it as evidence because she slipped while singing, etc, is so silly. People misstep all the time or forget a line. She’s always professional. My complaint is her oversinging has become annoying and not enjoyable and her voice has deteriorated and she needs to adapt or get vocal lessons for her higher-end range.

    She was excellent on the show. Shakira is great, too. Usher did nothing for me. I missed Cee-Lo.

    As a fan of Christina, I’m glad to see her getting in better shape and dressing better. Although, I am sick of her orange tan.

    But she supposedly took off this time to tour and promote the album. She did none of the above. She hasn’t toured since 2006. This album was a flop, but had some great songs. She could have toured in smaller venues (she can’t sell out in larger venues anymore) and sold out just based on her catalogue alone. What a lazy popstar. She is losing her fanbase year after year, because she doesn’t get out there and work for them. Seven years and no tour. Unbelievable.

    • Kate says:

      I agree with you she is a good singer but she needs new representation. A lot of people didn’t even know she had a new album out and she didnt perform on any award shows thag in saw and i think her single did well it was always on xm radio. But not much promotion.

      Reporting that someone was drunk while at work is very irresponsible unless you have proof. I doubt that was the case because they are willing to pay so much money for her to return

      • bridget says:

        You can’t talk about Christian’s work and not talk about her personal issues, which most definitely affect her professionally. She’s had 2 stalled tours with her last 2 (tanked) albums, and has a pretty notorious attitude problem in addition to some pretty widely reported problems with alcohol. I have no idea if she was drinking at work, but I think it’s clear that woman hasn’t been in a good place for a very, very long time.

    • Miss M says:

      @Janya: I cannot believe I missed this post. I agree with you about Shakira and Usher.

      Shakira didn’t have a good start in the show, but she finally got good coaching and used her knowledge as a musician and song writer as well.
      Usher does absolutely nothing for me. The only thing he knows a bit is performance, is “constructive criticism” is so basic and generic that anyone could give.

      I wish next season they would keep Adam, Blake, Christina and Shakira/Cee Loo.

      ps: Christina needs to get a reality check about her tour and accept small venues. Go “Back to basics” and do a more intimist (?) concert.

  15. Feisty says:

    Holy crap she looks like a blonde Snooki in the last picture.

  16. siobhan says:

    Her bosses must feel she helps the ratings enough to be worth the pay. I never cared for her but why shouldn’t she get paid well if she helps get good ratings.

  17. Little Darling says:

    Haha for some reason in my non caffeinated mind this morning I truly read this as, “Christina Appelgate offered 12.5 million to return to The View”.

    Imagine my surprise when I clicked into the heading on my phone and see that photo of Xtina?!?

  18. yolo112 says:

    I actually like The Voice and watch it on the regular..aaaaand I gotta say, Xtina and CeeLo suck. This season without them is a lot better. Shakira is like a breath of fresh air, SO much better than drunk ass, mean muggin, clown face Xtina. And I’ll take Usher over Mr. Green any day. CeeLo is all like hippy dippy, love and peace and shit, nothing substantial for these people to learn from. At least Usher has some decent insight. The one thing I hate about the show is the group Glee like sing-a-longs. But The Voice sing-a-longs are WAYYYYYY better than American Idols.

  19. Elle Kaye says:

    I am sorry to see her come back. She doesn’t really add anything to the show. I am enjoying the dynamics between the coaches this year. They seem to get along very well and enjoy joking with each other. Christina seems very tense and lacks the playfulness and passion that Shakira brings. I hate to see the panel go back to its old, stuffy ways.

  20. Kim1 says:

    Christina is better coach mentor than Shakira whereas Usher is better than CeeLo IMO

  21. Mitch Buchanan Rocks! says:

    It would be cool if the producers of this show make a reality show called Political Idol and we could choose a leader who may have better leadership qualities than our so called “leaders” if not, well they could at least entertain us.

  22. Christo says:

    Must she always have that John Wayne-gait and too-too-much swagger?? A spray tan, heavy make-up, alcohol, and a pre-event diuretic do not a fit girl make.

  23. martin says:





    Shakira is INFINITELY more entertaining – talented, charming, beautiful and clearly works well with others (including her fellow coaches).

    DUMP Aguilera!!!

    BRING BACK Shakira!!!

  24. Rachel says:

    Why??? This team has so much good chemistry. XTina was brutal.

  25. Daniel says:

    @LEE: Totally true dude! I can’t stand her! I can tolerate Celo though and he’d be more interesting than boring Usher. I hope that Usher leaves, and Cleo replaces him, but I think Shakira should stay. Or maybe they could replace her with like Cyndi Lauper, now that would be awesome!

  26. dj says:

    No. No. No. Shakira rules. I have not read or heard anything that hinted at her being narcissistic. Now Christina could not say anything (on the show) without prefaces a story about herself. My husband and I have discussed many times how much better the show is without Xtina and her cleavage (entire boobs) bearing outfits. Plus, Blake and Adam seem so much more relaxed without the defensive argumentative X.

  27. Carolyn says:

    Golly. $12mil, $18mil, $15mil???? None of these people are worth that amount of money!

  28. Tiffers says:

    Xtina added nothing to the show other than being rude and acting negative toward any contestants she did not want or like. Producers now a days it seems prefer drama over quality. Shakira is far more entertaining and Blake and Adam seem to have better chemistry with her and Usher. Maybe once the ratings dwindle upon her return next season they will realize X was and is not worth $15Mil!

  29. Deedee says:

    Kinda sorry to hear this. With Xtina, it’s always about her. Even when she critiques the contestants, she always refers to her own experiences and when she sings with her teammates, it see,s they are more backup or they are singing her songs. The only one I think she really enjoyed working with was Chris Mann as he was a classically trained singer.