The Voice (NBC/Mark Seliger)

Christina Aguilera and Cee Lo Green are back after they both took a hiatus last season on The Voice. For Aguilera, it was a break that she needed to have.

“I had to step away,” said Aguilera. “2010 I joined the show and it was a time when I sort of dive into something else outside of myself. It was like this train that just kept gaining and gaining and gaining more viewers as each season wore on and I needed a moment to step away. Thank god for Shakira – she did a beautiful job (just) sweet, lovely energy and (also) lovely for the show.

Cee Lo Green admits that watching The Voice as a viewer was “awkward and intriguing at the same time.”

To hear Aguilera and Cee Lo Green talk about taking their respective breaks from The Voice, click on the media bar below:

A new season of The Voice begins September 23rd on NBC.

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