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The Voice Recap: Season Four Premiere Delivers Usher, Shakira, And Massive Talent

March 25, 2013 07:16 PM by Lisa Princ

The Voice returned tonight for season four minus Cee Lo Green and Christina Aguilera, but with the addition of Usher and Shakira. So, how did the new mentors do? Let the blind auditions begin…

The Voice kicked off season four with a not-so-shocking performance by Blake Shelton, Adam Levine, Shakira and Usher of Come Together, and then it was straight into the blind auditions.

First up, we met the Morgan twins. Yes, twins! Being two stunning blondes rocking mini skirts, we were left wondering if they had any talent – honestly, they looked more like models than singers. But when these two got on the stage and belted out their rendition of Fallin’ by Alicia Keys, it was no shocker that all four chairs turned. Despite originally wanting to go with the Usher, the girls went with Blake Shelton instead, because he seemed so “genuine.”

Of course, that led to endless pokes at Blake by Adam…and Usher! It seemed that the two were ganging up on poor Blake, making certain that he knew how mad Miranda was going to be. Jealous.

Jess Kelner of Austin, Texas took the stage next, after sharing her tale of growing up with an alcoholic mom. The hairdresser by day wowed the new mentors with her Adele-like sound. Shakira loved the silkiness of her voice, but she decided to go with Usher. Mark Andrew, then came out rocking Knocking On Heavens Door, with a smoother sound. This time it was battle between Adam and Shakira. In the end, Andrew was certain that his wife would be upset if he didn’t choose Shakira. Blake – two, new mentors – one each, Adam – zero.

The insanely funny bickering between the mentors was definitely in full force tonight. Usher fit right in with the boys, and let me tell you, Shakira proved that she could hold her own.

Janessa, a Latin artist from New Jersey, with an insane bird call was the first of many auditions that did not impress the judges. Leah Lewis suffered the same fate as she attempted to pull off Carrie Underwood’s Blown Away and came so close. I’m still not sure why anyone chooses to try and belt out anything Carrie Underwood, she has such huge shoes to fill vocally.

Danielle Bradbery, a 16-year-old aspiring Country singer was hoping her dreams would come true tonight. Danielle shared her tale of being bullied when she was younger, but the bullying led her to singing. Danielle came out singing Taylor Swift song, and she was amazing. All four chairs turned around, but for Danielle, it was a no-brainer, she was going with Blake. Um, did anyone else know that Nashville was a state? Thanks for pointing that out for us, Usher!

Vedo, a 19-year-old R&B singer, brought us to tears with his story all about his dying mother. His mother, who currently has stage four cancer, was right there to cheer him on. Vedo came out aiming for Usher with a Justin Bieber tune, and it worked, because Usher turned his chair. Out of respect for the obvious, the others did not turn their chairs.

Christian Porter, a bar musician hit the stage next with his rendition of I’m Sexy And I Know It, but it wasn’t anything like the original – it was a laid back guitar version. Christian definitely had the chops to pull it off, and the audience went crazy. Adam Levine was proving to be very tough this season as he was the only one who did not turn around. Christian followed his gut and went with Blake.

Kris Thomas, another R&B artist was ready to impress the mentors. Kris, who had a record deal fall through, hit rock bottom and turned into a heavy drinker, but he’s decided to turn his life around. His rendition of Saving All My Love was beautiful, and Shakira immediately turned for him. The men were shocked to learn that Kris was a man, and again, Adam still had zero.

Up next was James Irwin, who broke down to the camera over the loss of his twins, who were born prematuraly. James chose to perform The Man Who Cant Be Moved by The Script, and just when we thought Adam may finally have a team member, no one turned their chairs around!

Last but not least was Judith Hill, a backup singer, who belted out her rendition of What A Girl Wants, and she blew the roof off the place! Adam Levine even commented that she is the only person to ever come on the show and do a Christina Aguilera just as good as XTina. Not surprisngly, all four chairs turned around, but it seemed to be a big battle between Adam and Usher. And after much thought, Judith chose…Adam! Finally! Adam is certain that Judith is going to the winner of The Voice.

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2 Responses to “The Voice Recap: Season Four Premiere Delivers Usher, Shakira, And Massive Talent”

  1. emily Says:
    March 25th, 2013 at 7:37 pm

    Wow, what a way to start a season. Loved the playfulness between the judges. You can tell they all really like each other. As for the singers well looks like it is going to be a tough season to choose a winner, and its only the first episode.

  2. kathy Says:
    March 25th, 2013 at 7:40 pm

    I LOVE THE VOICE. It was real good tonight as every nite it’s on.Love ALL the mentors are great Blake & Adam the best.


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