Shakira on “The Voice.” (Photo/Courtesy Mark Seliger for NBC)

Shakira makes it clear: “Never underestimate” me on “The Voice”

Shakira is known for her hip-shaking moves and fierce vocals but when it comes to joining the boy’s club of judges on “The Voice,” the international pop star is making it clear that she’s not to be messed with.

“Never underestimate a 5-foot-3 Colombian girl!” the 36-year-old explains in a preview of “The Voice,” which premieres Monday, March 25 on NBC.

As Christina Aguilera’s replacement on the fourth season of the NBC singing competition, Shakira is joined by new judge Usher and veterans Blake Shelton and Adam Levine. Levine and Shelton made headlines last season for ribbing Aguilera during her time in the red judge’s chair and it seems like they intend to continue their antics towards the Colombian singer-songwriter.

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“They complain that I play the lady card, but it’s not a gimmick — I am a lady!” teased Shakira, who began taping the show while still pregnant.

Shakira – who began her singing career when she was just  10-years-old – said joining the show was an easy decision.

“I knew it was a show about artists and artists, real talent – that made it for me,” explains Shakira about becoming the competition’s sole female judge. “I was really humbled and honored when NBC called and asked me to participate.”

"Blind Auditions" -- Pictured: (l-r) Adam Levine, Shakira, Blake Shelton and Usher.

“Blind Auditions” — Pictured: (l-r) Adam Levine, Shakira, Blake Shelton and Usher. (Photo/Courtesy Trae Patton for NBC)

While the show’s producers have promised die-hard fans that the format of the competition will stay the same, there will be a fun twist to tonight’s premiere: The four judges will take to the stage to perform an opening number. And get this: The judges will each play an instrument during their performance. Levine will play the drums, Usher and Shelton will play the guitar and Shakira will play the harmonica. (Who knew Shakira could play the harmonica?)

Shakira makes juggling a demanding career, motherhood, her relationship to Spanish soccer star Gerard Piqué and even playing the harmonica look glamorous, but it looks like her secret to balancing it all is taking joy in life’s simple pleasures.

“I can’t help it! I had to share this!” tweeted Shakira, sharing a close-up photo of her son.  And it looks like audiences may have a chance to see Shakira’s maternal instinct for themselves tonight, during the show’s intense blind auditions, during which contestants sing for a chance to be mentored by one of the four celebrity judges.

“The Voice” airs Mondays and Tuesday on NBC at 8/7c.

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