Shakira, Usher make their ‘Voice’ debut

Adam Levine, Shakira, Usher and Blake Shelton Credit: Adam Taylor/NBC
Adam Levine, Shakira, Usher and Blake Shelton are the judging panel on this season’s “The Voice.”
Credit: Adam Taylor/NBC

Things are heating up on “The Voice” with Shakira and Usher coming on as the new judges.

The two made their debut on the season premiere of the singing competition Monday night with a group performance of The Beatles’ “Come Together.”

Shakira, who recently had a baby, and Usher replaced the original coaches, Christina Aguilera and Cee Lo Green. Blake Shelton and Adam Levine stayed on as judges this season.

The new judges brought in decent ratings. Last night’s premiere had 13.4 million viewers and a 4.7 rating among adults 18-49, which considering the judge shake-ups are very good numbers.

Both Shakira and Usher were charming and visibly comfortable in the judge’s seat.

But the night belonged to contestant Judith Hill, who performed Christina Aguilera’s “What a Girl Wants.” The audition had all four judges fighting for a chance to be her coach. Hill was a backup singer for Michael Jackson’s “This Is It” tour, which was canceled due to the King of Pop’s untimely death. She later sang “Heal the World” at Jackson’s memorial service.

“You are the first person that’s every come on this show and done a Christina song as well as Christina Aguilera,” Levine said.

With all four coaches vying for her, Hill chose Levine as her coach.

Follow Mary Ann Georgantopoulos on Twitter @marygeorgant.


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