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.


News
Entertainment
Sports
Lifestyle
National

Rapper affiliate of Wu-Tang Clan 'cuts off own…

Rapper Andre Johnson, who has performed with New York outfit the Wu-Tang Clan, is in a critical condition after reportedly cutting off his own penis…

National

Cleavage complaint: Disneyland staffer orders curvy mom to…

A curvy mom-of-three says she filed a formal complaint after staff at Disneyland Resort in California ordered her to cover up her boobs. Melissa Behnken,…

Local

Supporters say man accused of robbery was misidentified

A Liberian immigrant couple charged with extorting money from an elderly woman in March will be in court Thursday for a bail hearing, but supporters say it's a case of…

International

Canadian charged in 'Heartbleed' attack on tax agency

OTTAWA (Reuters) - Canadian police have arrested a 19-year-old man and charged him in connection with exploiting the "Heartbleed" bug to steal taxpayer data from…

Television

‘Survivor: Cagayan’ recap: Episode 8

Sure, it's called Survivor. But this season should really be called 'The Tony Show.'

Television

Jim Rash talks 'The Writer's Room' and amazing…

For Jim Rash, as the fifth season of "Community" comes to a close, the second season of "The Writer's Room" begins.

Television

'Dexter' star Jennifer Carpenter moves into producing role

The actress who played the title character's sister in "Dexter" is teaming up with producer George Stelzner to adapt Erika Hayasaki's book "The Death Class:…

The Word

Wahlburgers announce North America domination

Tuesday was a huge day for Donnie Wahlberg.

NFL

2014 NFL Mock Draft: Updated, new April version

2014 NFL Mock Draft: Updated, new April version

NHL

Flyers, Rangers meet in playoffs for 11th time

The Flyers and Rangers will start a new chapter in a historic rivalry.

MLB

MLB Power Rankings: A's are baseball's best, Brewers…

MLB Power Rankings: A's are baseball's best, Brewers and Braves right behind

NHL

Top 5 Philadelphia storylines for Flyers-Rangers

The slate is clean for the Flyers and the Rangers. Which is good news for the Flyers.

Wellbeing

This Week in Health: chocolate may prevent obesity…

Can chocolate prevent obesity and diabetes? Location of study: U.S. Study subjects: Mice Results: The positive health benefits of chocolate have been studied increasingly more…

Wellbeing

This Week in Health News: breastfed infants trying…

Are breastfed infants trying to prevent mom from having another baby? Theory: The act of breastfeeding not only brings mom and baby closer together –…

Wellbeing

Unexplained infertility may be caused by lack of…

Researchers have identified a protein on the egg's surface that interacts with another protein on the surface of sperm, allowing the two cells to join.

Tech

5 surprising facts about Google Glass

Your sex life could get more interesting.