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THE VOICE
March 26, 2013  | By David Bianculli

NBC, 8:00 p.m. ET

 
When this series returned last night, introducing its new judges Shakira and Usher by teaming them with veterans Blake Shelton and Adam Levine for a performance of “Come Together,” things got off to a bad start. That was the same song American Idol finalist Candice Glover had killed (in a good way) during the Lennon-McCartney theme night just last week – and her performance, all by itself, beat all four Voice judges so completely, it was no contest. But once the blind judging began, The Voice rebounded quickly. Levine, when comforting a loser who didn’t make the cut, showed why he shines here – and the first time new judges Shakira and Usher competed for the same female singer, they both went for the jugular. She played the female empowerment card, and he flirted. He also won – and when Shakira made fun of him afterward by imitating his cocky pose in the judge’s chair, a new Voice star was born. Tonight: more blind auditions.
 
 
 
 
 
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