Television, What to Watch
Mar 24, 2013

THE VOICE SEASON 4 PREMIERE: USHER, SHAKIRA, & THE JUDGES STEAL

Monday night is about to turn into fight night with the highly anticipated return of Season 4 of NBC’s The Voice with new coaches Usher and Shakira replacing the chairs left by Cee Lo Green and Christina Aguilera. It’s about to face strong competitor Dancing With The Stars and cable favorite RuPaul’s Drag Race in primetime’s reality competition ring to start the work week off.

Season 4 not only brings a more eclectic and versatile panel, but it also incorporates a new twist (the coveted judge’s steal!)

Unlike it’s adversaries in the world of singing competitions (American Idol and X-Factor), The Voice wins America over with two distinguishing traits: blind auditions and solely focusing on talent. Let me further explain. In the blind auditions, the coaches cannot see the contestants. The focus is on their technique, musicality, and delivery from their God-given instruments. Secondly, there’s no “Are you serious?” auditions where the producers are clearly letting tone deaf people get their chance at air time which should be reserved for musicians who work hard to develop their talent. This is why America has gravitated towards this competition. Throw in some gut wrenching backstories, and you’ve got yourself some must see TV!

You want everyone who touches that microphone to succeed! This new season is really going to make you feel that way. The talent is unparalleled. The stories will have you running out of Kleenex. The first episode will leave you begging for more. Believe me, you’re going to want to watch ALL of the talent from start to finish. I don’t want to give too much away. I just have two words: JUDITH HILL! She had me rising to my feet when Press Pass LA had the opportunity to attend the advance screening of the first two episodes and attend a Q & A with producer Mark Burnett and host Carson Daly post viewing.

This season our favorite bromantic couple Blake Shelton and Adam Levine are back in action with their wit and repertoire to coach new talent into becoming chart topping sensations. They’re dynamic is as strong as their smiles are so sweet, but Adam has some competition in the eye candy department with the addition of Usher. This many times over platinum artist is known for his smooth voice, sultry looks, and rock hard abs. If anybody has been to an Usher concert, they know…..oh yes, they know! Shakira, however, might be able to coax everyone on her team because she’s the girl you “love to love.” Men want her and women want to be her. Did I mention she is extremely nice? If all four coaches turn their chairs, it’s going to be a tough decision choosing a team to join. Carson Daly brings his boy next door charm back as the host. Carson actually connects with each contestant on and off camera, which is visibly transcended as you watch the episodes. That’s why the producers keep bringing him back. We enjoy allowing him in our homes. He feels like a friend. I wonder if he’ll let me borrow some money?

Mark Burnett has hit another homerun with this season of The Voice. Already riding high on his critically acclaimed mini-series The Bible, which is currently airing Sunday nights on the History channel, The Voice is about to become ratings gold. He definitely has the Midas touch. I recommend you setting your DVR because some of the talent you’ll want to watch over again. I better buy some stock in iTunes before the official premiere this Monday night!