Breakdown: 'The Voice' season 4 premiere - night 1

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Here's a complete breakdown of Monday night's massive two-hour premiere of "The Voice" season four on NBC.

We will also live blog and live tweet throughout Tuesday night's one-hour episode, which starts at 8 p.m.


10 p.m. That's a wrap on the first episode of season four! What are your thoughts? Who is your favorite performer so far? How do you like Usher and Shakira as new judges? You can leave a comment in the section below or join WKYC in the discussion via Twitter using #TheVoice.

9:57 p.m. After tossing the thought around in her head, singer Judith Hill ultimately selected coach Adam Levine -- who predicted she would win the entire season. You can watch her full performance in the video featured at the top of this story.

9:54 p.m. Judith Hill quickly impressed all four of the coaches as each of them chose to spin around hoping she would join their team. Her performance of two-time "Voice" coach Christina Aguilera's "What A Girl Wants" brought everybody to their feet by the time she sang the final note. Now, the ball in his her court to choose which of the four coaches she wants to pair up with.

9:52 p.m. We're taken to Pasaden, California to meet Judith Hill who wrote her first song at the age of 4. She was also given the chance to work with Michael Jackson as a back-up singer before his sudden death. Judith reveals she was also somebody who performed at Jackson's memorial service.

9:48 p.m. Why wait for the next performance, which is coming up after the break? We have it for you to watch before it airs HERE.

9:46 p.m. James Irwin's performance of "The Man That Can't Be Moved" didn't garner any chair spins from the four coaches. Despite his disappointment, the coaches offered up well-wishes and encouraged him to come back and compete again.

9:43 p.m. Another emotional story was delivered by 30-year-old James Irwin from St. Louis, Missouri. In his pre-audition interview, James explains how his twin daughters died just several minutes after their birth. After that sadness, he and his wife were happily able to welcome a healthy baby boy last year.

9:36 p.m. Adam, Blake and Usher were stunned to see the person behind the voice -- Kris Thomas -- was actually a male because his performance featured very high tones. For that reason, the trio found themselves to be disappointed they didn't spin around, too.

9:33 p.m. 27-year-old Kris Thomas from Memphis, Tennessee explains how he lost a record deal before going into a deep depression and a battle with the bottle. Whitney Houston's "Saving All My Love For You" was his song choice, which won only Shakira over.

9:27 p.m. "So close," Usher whispered to Adam as Leah Lewis sang on stage. Despite the crowd's cheers, none of the four judges hit their red button -- all of them agreeing she just needs a bit more time to develop her voice.

9:23 p.m. 15-year-old Leah Lewis, currently from Orlando, Florida but originally from China, tells Carson Daly she's a country singer at heart. "I'm really hoping that Blake or Usher turn around," she nervously says before unleashing her version of Carrie Underwood's "Blown Away."

9:17 p.m. Coach Blake adds a third singer to his team after Christian Porter chooses him.

9:14 p.m. 21-year-old Christian Porter from Pennsylvania sings a very unique version of LMFAO's "Sexy & I Know It." His heavily slowed-down rendition almost made the pop hit sound like an entirely different song. The crowd -- and more importantly, the judges -- loved the performance as Shakira, Blake and Usher spun their red seats around. Coach Adam was the only one who didn't spin around because the performance perplexed him.

9:12 p.m. Adam Levine remains the only coach without a team member yet.

9:07 p.m. Before going to commercial, host Carson Daly again teases a moment that will surprise the judges.

9:03 p.m. Vedo hopes to woo Usher by singing Justin Bieber's "Boyfriend." After it seemed no coaches were going to fight for him, Usher smacked his button and became the only judge to spin around. His family -- including his mother -- erupt into cheers backstage.

9:02 p.m. We're introduced to 19-year-old Vedo, the first contestant this season to go by a single name. Before taking the stage, he tells a heart-wrenching story about his mother who has been given just two months to live after a diagnosis of stage-four lung cancer. "She's my everything," he says, fighting back tears. "I just don't want to lose my mama."

9 p.m. The first hour of the two-night premiere ends with Danielle Bradbery excitedly choosing to team up with country star Blake Shelton -- a definite no-brainer decision since she's a young country gal herself.

8:55 p.m. We're left with a cliffhanger moment heading into a commercial break wondering if 16-year-old Danielle Bradbery will team up with Blake, Adam or Usher. Who do you think she should pair up with? Leave your thoughts in a comment below, or join WKYC on Twitter using #TheVoice.

8:54 p.m. After Shakira admits she feels stupid for not turning around, Usher uses Justin Bieber tickets as his method to convince Danielle Bradbery to join his team before mistakenly referring to Nashville as a state.

8:51 p.m. 16-year-old Danielle Bradbery takes her turn in the spotlight singing Taylor Swift's "Mean." Being the first country song of the season, it seemed like coach Blake would be the first to spin his seat around. But he wasn't. Usher slammed his red button first with Blake following suit just seconds later. Tears poured backstage as her family watched her performance on stage. When coach Adam opted to push his button, Blake rose to his feet and jokingly yelled at him to spin back around.

8:42 p.m. After becoming the first contestant featured this season, Janetza Miranda is brought to tears that no coach wanted her on their team. Instead of beating her down Simon Cowell-style, the four coaches offered words of advice and encouraged her to continue her pursuit in the music biz.

8:40 p.m. Janetza Miranda introduces us to her unique "bird call" technique before performing "Titanium." Her family dances excitedly backstage, but none of the four coaches push their button although Shakira did come close.

8:36 p.m. We're in yet another commercial break. What are your thoughts so far? Leave a comment below or send WKYC a tweet using #TheVoice. Are you enjoying Usher and Shakira as new coaches?

8:34 p.m. "You have a really nice way of kind of maneuvering around those notes," coach Adam tells singer Mark Andrew. He wound up picking to team up with Shakira.

8:32 p.m. Adam is the first to hit his red button, followed by Shakira as Mark Andrew sings "Knockin' on Heaven's Door." Mark revealed in his pre-audition interview that he's hoping to succeed on "The Voice" so he could quit his job as a roofer.

8:31 p.m. Minneapolis roofer Mark Andrew, 27, tells an emotional story about the deaths of two of his bandmates, calling both guys his "guardian angels" before taking the stage.

8:26 p.m. As the second commercial break airs, the tally stands as follows: Team Blake has the Morgan twins as Usher has teamed up with Jess Kellner. Neither Shakira nor Adam have any singers on their team yet.

8:24 p.m. After some thought, Jess Kellner chooses Usher.

8:23 p.m. Shakira and Usher, the two new coaches, push for Jess Kellner to join their team. Blake joked that Shakira was crushing Usher competing to get her to join his side.

8:21 p.m. 21-year-old Jess Kellner from Austin, Texas is the second contestant to take the stage. "I want to do big things for my family," she says.  Shakira and Usher quickly slap their buttons and swing their tall, red chairs around. "Wow," Usher utters as she sings "Can't Help Falling In Love With You."

FIRST COMMERCIAL BREAK 8:16 p.m. Why wait for another audition? Check out Judith Hill's upcoming, crowd-pleasing performance before it airs HERE.

8:14 p.m. After each of the four coaches dished their pitch to have the Morgan twins choose them, the singing sisters ultimately picked to pair up with Blake Shelton. That choice comes as a surprise because both women in their pre-audition interview gushed over the chance to work with Usher. "That was the hardest decision of my life," one of the sisters explains.

8:09 p.m. The Morgan sisters -- the first twins to ever audition on "The Voice" -- are also the first to hit the stage. Usher and Blake Shelton smash their red buttons almost immediately, flipping their chairs around to get a glimpse of the duo. Adam Levine and Shakira also hit their buttons before the song is over, leaving the choice on which coach to choose in the Morgan sisters' hands.

8:05 p.m. The four coaches -- returnees Adam Levine and Blake Shelton with newbies Shakira and Usher -- slam the stage with their own rendition of "Come Together" by the Beatles. The studio audience erupts in thunderous applause.

8:04 p.m. Host Carson Daly says the sole winner will be given a recording contract with Universal Music Group before teasing "one of the biggest surprises in 'Voice' history" that will shock the coaches.

8:02 p.m. Two-time "Voice" coaching champ Blake Shelton says the blind auditions are like Christmas morning.

8 p.m. Usher introduces himself as a coach saying he wanted to be a part of "The Voice" since it's a show that has credibility. 


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