Usher Praises The Voice As He Looks Forward To Joining The Hit US Show

24 September 2012, 14:09 | Updated: 24 September 2012, 14:31

The 'Climax' singer says the reality series can really set up an artist and focuses on what's important.

Usher has spoken about his decision to join The Voice alongside Shakira saying he is "really excited" to be a part of the show.

The 'Scream' singer was confirmed as one of the replacements for Cee Lo Green and Christina Aguilera in the fourth series after news of their stepping down from the show broke last week.

"Man, you have no idea," the singer said when asked if he was looking forward to appearing on the show.

The R&B star admitted he hadn't had the chance to speak to any of the current panel as he's still waiting for the news to sink in himself.

"I have not spoken to Adam and Blake. I have not spoken to anyone with regards to [the show]. It's still new news, but I'm really excited about it," he confessed.

Speaking about what drew him to the series, as apposed to any other music reality show, he said: "It's the type of show that I feel really sets up an artist and makes it about what matters most first: the voice." 

He continued: "Everything else comes afterwards in terms of the mentors; that's what gives the personality, gives the opportunity to be an artist who will excel and transcend culture and also be able to tell an incredible story in music.

"So I like being able to be at that place. I love being a mentor."

Usher will take to the judge's seat in 2013 and also recently confirmed details of a new UK arena tour taking place next year.