It’s finally here: Season four of The Voice has started. The 4th season of NBC’s hit reality singing competition premiered tonight (March 25) with two new faces added to the panel as Shakira and Usher joined show veterans Adam Levine and last year’s winner Blake Shelton. This is the first season without original coaches Cee-Lo Green and Christina Aguilera and while they were missed, Shakira and Usher did a good job at creating some spark.
Besides the new coaches, new talent also filled the screen. The first crop of blind auditioners wowed the stage with great performances but it was the last audition of the night that really got jaws dropping and chairs turning. Here’s a rundown of how the first night of blind auditions on the season 4 premiere of The Voice shaped up.
The Morgan Twins: Double trouble! The Morgan twins are the first set of twins to audition on The Voice. The two, who are dressed alike, would love a shot to work with Usher and to convince him to pick them, they’re singing Alicia Keys’ hit “Fallin’.” It’s a bit pitchy but they get all four coaches to turn around. Blake lays it on thick, Usher reminds them that he knows a thing or two about r&b and Shakira spouts off some stuff about faith but Blake’s charm wins over another act. He nabs the Morgan Twins and the first artist of the season.
Jess Kellner: Jess is a singer from Austin, Texas with a awesome raspy tone–one that Adam says reminds him too much of Adele so he passes on her. Although she doesn’t get Adam or Blake to turn for her with her “Can’t Help Falling In Love” performance, the newbie coaches start fighting it out. Shakira pulls the female card but Usher asks her if she wants it to “last forever.” Uh, yeah she does Ush! And with that, Jess is Team Usher.
Danielle Bradbery: Danielle is a 16-year-old who was picked on for having crooked teeth. People can be so mean! For this reason probably, Danielle performs Taylor Swift’s “Mean” and holy smokes this girl is good! Great pitch, great control, rich voice! She’s one of the best country singers the show has seen. Blake wants her but so does Adam and Usher. Usher thinks she can be bigger than the “state” of Nashville (Oh, Usher. Extreme sad face.) and Adam sees a pop/country future for the talented teen. She thinks about it but she wants to be on Team Blake.
Vedo: Vedo wants to be an r&b star but most importantly, he does not want to lose his mother who is currently battling lung cancer. He tells his heartbreaking story in his emotional video package that shows how supportive his mom is even through her illness. Tears! At his blind audition, Vedo shows off his rich pipes while his family cheers him on. It’s enough for Usher to turn his chair and Vedo is officially moving on to the next round.
Christian Porter: Christian is a bar musician who decided to perform LMFAO’s “Sexy And I Know It” for his audition. Sounds scary but his arrangement was actually pretty awesome. Blake, Usher and Shakira all want him on their teams but Chris is going to go with his gut and pick Team Blake.
Kris Thomas: Kris was signed to a label but dropped due to creative differences. After losing his deal, he went into a deep depression and started drinking heavily to cope. A near-tragedy while drinking and driving got his attention and he stopped drinking and started pursuing his dream again. He performs Whitney Houston’s “Saving All My Love For You” for his audition and gets Shakira to turn. The other coaches are amazed that this high-pitched singer is a man but Shakira proclaims “he’s all mine!”
Judith Hill: Judith may look familiar to some. She was hand-picked by Michael Jackson to perform on his “This Is It” tour and after his untimely passing, she performed at his memorial service. She says she received many phone calls after that but felt it would be in poor taste to capitalize off of the moment. Now ready for her big break, she took the stage for a soulful performance of Xtina’s “What A Girl Wants.” All four judges turn for her but Adam is going absolutely insane for her. The enthusiasm pays off as she picks Team Levine.