PASADENA, CA - SEPTEMBER 16: Singer Christina Aguilera poses in the audience during the 2012 NCLR ALMA Awards at Pasadena Civ
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We’re kinda bummed that Christina Aguilera is leaving NBC’s The Voice come next season, because who else has the balls to take on Adam Levine?

She calls her exit “bittersweet,” though we suppose the singer got what she needed from the mentoring experience and took that inspiration for her upcoming 7th studio release Lotus, out November 13.

Aguilera, who recently became an Alma award recipient for being a “Voice of a Generation,” tells MTV News that working with the enthusiastic and up-and-coming singers on The Voice gave her the incentive to get back to doing what she does best.

Aguilera says the show helped her “see through the eyes of aspiring artists at the beginning of their journey, to be part of their journey, to see the hunger in their eyes and to sort of regain some of that back for myself.”

She likens one of the tracks on her new album to “The Fighter 2.0” and is eager to present her music to her newer fans.

“I wanted to make a record that speaks to those fans who grew up listening to my music and yet reintroduce new fans ... watching me on The Voice at 6 years old who don't know about my first record,” she said.

Even though the The Voice already has cast Usher and Shakira to replace her and Cee Lo Green, don’t count her out completely just yet.

As she explained to E!Voice producer Mark Burnett has already talked to her about eventually returning to the show. "He understands that we're artists first," she says. "In order to remain great coaches and to stay relevant, we have to go out and we have to still tour, see our fans one-on-one. I have to feel creatively fulfilled in order for me to then do my job as a coach and be on that show."

Click here to listen to the first single off Lotus called "Your Body."