'The Voice': Recap - 3/25

By Kristin Ambrosino,

Seems like Usher and Shakira really hit it off with old coaching vets, Adam Levine and Blake Shelton on last nights premiere of The Voice.

The show started off with all four of the coaches performing a Beatles classic, "Come Together." All four coaches gave the audience a little bit of each of their talents before "coming together" and singing all at once.

Usher and Shakira definitely had big shoes to fill replacing Cee Lo Green and Christina Aguliera, who left the show to focus on their career.

The first contestant to hit the stage during blind auditions was Cara and Rhian Morgan, 27-year-old identical twin sisters from Rochester, New York. They performed the Alicia Keys hit "Fallin." All four coaches seemed to be amazing by their talented voices as all four of them turned their chairs around. The twins chose Shelton as their coach.

The next contestant was Jess Kellner, 21, from Austin, Texas. She said that "music has gotten me through so much," since her mom was a heavy alcoholic that changed her life. Kellner took the stage and sang "Can't Help Falling in Love" by Elvis. Such a classic! Her voice moved many, including Usher and Shakira. But, in the end, Kellner chose Usher as her coach.

Next up was Mark Andrew, a 27-year-old from Eden Prairie, Minnesota. He was the first on the show to shed some tears after revealing that he lost his high school band drummer by a drunk driver and his guitar player who had recently passed away as well. He sang "Knockin' on Heavens Door" by Bob Dylan in memory of his band members who passed away. Levine and Shakira were very inspired by Andrew's voice, but it was Shakira who passionately won Andrew over.

Next up was Janetza Miranda, 25, who performed the hit song "Titanium." She didn't win any of the judges over and it may have been due to that birdcall her and her family shouted backstage.

16-year-old Danielle Bradberry from Cypress, Texas took the coaches by storm while singing Taylor Swift's "Mean." She revealed that she was singing this song because she was made fun of in school due to her crooked teeth which almost made her not follow through on a singing career. In her first big performance ever, Usher and Shelton turn their chairs around with Levine spinning around shortly after. Bradberry chose Shelton even after Usher tried to bribe her with Justin Bieber tickets!

The next contestant was Vedo, a 19-year-old R&B singer from Atlanta, Georgia who sang Justin Bieber's "Boyfriend" in an attempt to win over Usher. This seemed to work since Usher was the only coach to turn his chair around. It was revealed that his mother was recently diagnosed with stage four lung cancer and given two months to live, so it was nice to see Vedo move on with Usher as his coach.

Next up was Christian Porter, 21, from Stroudsburg, PA, who sang, "Sexy and I Know It" by LMFAO while playing the guitar who had many female individuals in the audience going! Shakira turned around first, then Shelton, and Usher joined in last. The rocker wound up choosing Shelton as his coach.

Leah Lewis, 15, from Orlando, Florida sang "Blown Away" by Carrie Underwood but none of the coaches were amazed by her talents, so she was not able to move on in the competition.

Next up was male singer Kris Thomas, 27, from Memphis, sang the heck out of Whitney Houston's "Saving All My Love For You." It was surprising for a male! But, Thomas chose Shakira as his coach in the end.

James Irwin, 30, of St. Louis, Missouri sang "The Man Who Can't Be Moved" by The Script but didn't succeed in any coaches turning around their chair.

Last but certainly not least was the best performance of the night from Judith Hill, the 28-year-old singer from Pasadena, Calif. She sang "What A Girl Wants" by former "Voice" coach, Christina Aguilera. She had all four coaches on their feet cheering her on! After much debate, Hill chose Levine, which had the other coaches very worried.

The first episode brought in great performances and it will be exciting to see what the rest of the season will hold.

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