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Shakira leaving 'The Voice'; Christina Aguilera returning

Shakira arrives at an event for "The Voice"

Shakira arrives at an event for "The Voice" at the House of Blues in Los Angeles. (May 8, 2013) Credit: AP

Shakira will not return next season as a coach on the NBC singing competition "The Voice," while former coach Christina Aguilera will be back.

Shakira, 36, told "Access Hollywood" after the live taping of Tuesday's show, "Not for next season, for sure," when asked if she would return. "I have to get back to my baby [son Milan, 4 months old] -- give him some love and dedicate some time to him and also to my new album that I'm working on," she said.

The Colombia native told the "Today" show's website, "He [Milan] deserves a break, and that's why I'm going to take a break for next season," the show's fifth. She left open the possibility of returning. "You never know what might happen. I might be back at some point."

"Voice" host Carson Daly told "Today" that "Christina's coming back." She served as a coach for the show's first three editions, in 2011 and 2012.

"I think somebody like Christina Aguilera brings a different style of coaching," Daly, 39, said. "And with that comes constructive criticism, and I think I've actually missed a little bit of that. . . . Young people are like, 'Hey, I'm here. I'd like to leave with a little something.' I think Christina was good like that. She gave a lot of constructive criticism."

Daly was less sure about whether Aguilera's fellow original coach, Cee Lo Green, would return. He told reporters on the red carpet after Tuesday night's taping. "I think they are working on a deal, to be honest with you, and I don't think it has been finalized."

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