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Usher: Somebody's got to tear Blake Shelton down on 'The Voice'

July 3, 2013 at 11:13 AM ET

For the third time in four seasons, Blake Shelton is the winning coach on "The Voice," but he better watch out. The competition is keeping a close eye on him.

Fellow coach Usher stopped by TODAY Wednesday and issued a warning to the successful country crooner.

"That lucky devil," Usher began. "He's kind of living on a high cloud right now. Somebody's got to tear him down. If not Adam, Sharkira."

Or maybe Usher himself. He's sitting out season five of the talent showdown, but he'll be back for season six. And while he wouldn't mind seeing Shelton slip out of the top spot when he returns, Usher has high praise for the man.

"He's a great coach, and he's really taught me a lot," he explained. "I knew nothing about the show in detail. Of course, I'd seen it as a viewer, but the time and investment in building these artists and helping them interpret themselves, and also kind of giving lessons to America about what it takes to be an artist is why I really wanted to do it."

Usher's not the only one who learned something new. He believes viewers learned about him too.

"Many times people have an idea or perception about who they think an artist is until they see them in a real moment," he said. "When you begin to see someone ... make an investment in someone else and see, I guess, what my opinion about entertainment is rather than just what I do, you learn something about me."

Viewers can learn about another side of the R&B artist on Thursday. Usher is serving as curator of "Macy's 4th of July Fireworks Spectacular," airing at 8 p.m. on NBC.

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