Reporting Tony Zazza
Move over “Idol.” Sorry “Dancing With The Stars.” If you weren’t watching the season 4 premiere of NBC’s “The Voice,” you missed out… big time!
Never fear, we’ve got your back. Here’s what you need to know when your co-workers start gushing about last night’s premiere of “The Voice.”
First things first, the opening performance by the judges, including new additions Usher and Shakira. Original judges Cee Lo Green and Christina Aguilera are taking the year off.
Adam Levine on drums, Usher (but you gotta say it “Ursher”) on bass, Blake Shelton on guitar, and Shakira rockin some awesome harmonica all came together to jam on The Beatles’ classic “Come Together.”
The Morgan Twins were the first performance, and it didn’t take long for Blake and Usher to hit their buttons during their duet on Alicia Keys’ “Fallin’.” Oh the surprise they all got when they turned around to identical twin sisters! They ended up siding with Team Blake, a point which Adam pointed out might not go over too well with Blake’s wife Miranda Lambert.
Next up is 16-year-old Danielle Bradbury. The young country singer took on Taylor Swift’s “Mean.” Despite Usher attempting to bribe her with his protege Justin Bieber, she sided with Team Blake.
Christian Porter had the ladies screaming for his acoustic cover of LMFAO’s “Sexy And I Know It.” Shakira was the first to turn her chair for the 21-year-old, but Blake and Usher soon joined her. Christian joined Team Blake.
Kris Thomas stunned and surprised the judges with his rendition of Whitney Houston’s “Saving All My Love For You.” Shakira was the only one to turn her chair, but the other judges were stunned when their chairs turned at the end of Kris’ performance. Kris’ silky voice had them all fooled into believing that it wasn’t a man crooning behind their backs.
The final performance of the night is the one everyone will be talking about around the water cooler today. Judith Hill was on her way up when she was hand picked by Michael Jackson to sing a duet with him on his This Is It tour, but after his tragic passing, she sang “Heal The World” at his memorial service. It seemed like the world would be hers, but she didn’t want to disrespect Jackson’s memory by jumping at opportunity’s call. The daughter of a jazz bass player who’s played with greats like Billy Preston, Judith took the stage and stopped all in their tracks when she launched into her own arrangement of Christina Aguilera’s “What A Girl Wants.” All the judges turned their chairs, but Adam Levine got his first singer of the season, saying that Judith will be a Grammy-winning superstar.