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The Voice 2013: Why the Button Push Has Lost Its Value in Season 4

Hopefully Shakira took the necessary precautions to secure her then-unborn baby during the blind auditions on The Voice Season 4, because the Colombian pop star could get a serious case of whiplash from the amount of times she’s pushed her button this season.

And this newbie isn’t the only button-happy coach on the show. It feels like this season’s judges feel the need to turn as soon as the first person presses his or her button.

The spinning chair is no longer a symbol of actual dedication from the coach who presses it, but rather the desire to start a comedic battle between the coaches.

And while this makes for exciting television, it could end up hurting the contestants in the end. If an artist lands on the team of a coach who doesn’t really want them, they have little chance of moving forward in the upcoming battle rounds.

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We’re loving the new dynamic and energy that Usher and Shakira bring to the mix, but Christina Aguilera and Cee Lo Green’s careful consideration before turning in Seasons 1-3 definitely doesn’t go unnoticed.

Xtina’s button presses were definitely her own and certainly not the result of peer pressure from her fellow coaches. And Cee Lo’s eccentric confidence made his decisions his own as well.

Adam Levine and Blake Shelton have always played off each other, one egging the other on, but now they’ve influenced the newbies too.

Usher and Blake often talk to each other when their backs are turned from the stage, discussing whether or not to turn. Similarly, Shakira seems to turn right after Adam Levine presses his button.

This doesn’t mean that each of the coaches doesn’t turn out of their own volition for a contestant that they’re really passionate about, but there’s always a very clear distinction between the two different turns — one of true passion and the other to induce playful banter.

There’s also the coaches that press their button simply to show that they’re a “fan” of the artist on stage. That’s all well and good, but being a fan doesn’t necessarily translate into being a good coach and mentor to a struggling artist who’s trying to make a career in the industry.

These celebs owe it to the talent on stage to only press their button when they really mean it. In the words of Christina Aguilera, “there is no turning back, [we’ve] had enough.”

What do you think of the coaches’ button pushing this season? Weigh in below!

04.3.2013 / 08:30 PM EDT by Rachel McRady
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