Night one of Season 4 of The Voice proved to me that the show is alive, well, and kicking. I love the chemistry between new judges Usher and Shakira with returning judges Adam and Blake. They all seem to get along well, and it also seems like they are all looking to build specific and unique teams which will give opportunity to singers with different styles.
The Morgan Twins sang Fallin' by Alicia Keys-- I did not love this, I don't really get why everyone turned around. Usher said if you choose me, it will be a journey for the first time, and we'll win together. Despite all the great pitches by the coaches, the ladies chose Blake.
Jess Kellner sang I Can't Help Falling in Love with You by Elvis Presley-- This young lady was very different, and I liked her indie folk voice. I think Usher got her for his team when he said, come rock with me. Shakira was disappointed that Jess wasn't all in on her "girl power" pitch.
Mark Andrew sang Knockin' on Heaven's Door by Bob Dylan-- This was a battle between Adam and Shakira. I actually agree with Adam, I didn't care for the song choice and his vibrato sounded a little bit weird. Shakira is definitely more passionate about Mark so she should get him, and she does.
Janetza Miranda sang Titanium by Sia-- I think the song is way too high for her and it ends up sounding like she is screaming throughout. She also doesn't have a lot of control in her voice. Blake found it overly dramatic and told her to come back as did Adam. Adam actually went up and gave her a hug, what a sweetie.
Danielle Bradbery sang Mean by Taylor Swift-- Danielle is only 16, and her control is awesome. She has a great tone in her voice, with some more work, she could be great. All three men turn around and Shakira regrets not turning around, she says-- I feel stupid for not turning my chair around, and Usher says I would feel stupid too. Blake doesn't even really need to pitch himself because Danielle wants to be a country artist and he's a country singer. Blake doesn't let Usher live it down when he calls Nashville a state.
Vedo sang Boyfriend by Justin Bieber-- Vedo's story is so sad, his family was homeless for a while and his mom has stage four lung cancer. He cries when he thinks about losing her. Vedo has a great voice and I think he actually sings the song better than Bieber. His voice really soars, and his personality is all there too. None of the other judges dare turn around as Usher is the best choice for him.
Christian Porter sang I'm Sexy and I Know It by LMFAO-- Christian is a cover singer in a bar and this blues version of the song is borrowed from a YouTube artist. Shakira thinks it's sexy and was first to turn around, then Blake, then Usher who says that the response form the ladies spoke to him. Christian chooses Blake
Leah Lewis sang Blown Away by Carrie Underwood-- Her voice is not bad, but it doesn't soar in that spot where other voices do. Blake said her voice is a little bit underdeveloped. Usher and Adam both said she was so close and Adam urged her to come back.
Kris Thomas sang Saving All My Love for You by Whitney Houston-- Kris believes The Voice is his second chance. He had a record deal, lost it, went into depression, and became an alcoholic. Shakira is the only one who turned around, and the guys are all shocked when they turn around and find that Kris is a guy! His control and falsetto is just unreal; Shakira totally played it cool.
James Irwin sang The Man Who Can't be Moved by the Script-- James' story is pretty sad and he's a union carpenter, got married, his wife lost twins. He seems like a nice guy but there's nothing special about this. James also doesn't show his personality.
Judith Hill sang What a Girl Wants by Christina Aguilera--Judith was going to tour with Michael Jackson on his last tour and actually sang Heal the World at his funeral. The judges all turn around and the judges are all standing. Adam says you're the first person to come on this show and do a Christina Aguilera song as well as Christina Aguilera. Adam vows to light himself on fire for her. Adam says the phrasing is all hers, and he's running for president. Usher says he is looking for the first lady. Blake wants Judith to shine like she can. Shakira believes with her help Judith can win The Voice. She chooses Adam and he runs up and gives her a hug. He goes back to his seat and says, I can go home now.