Season 16 of America’s favorite reality competition, The Voice, premiered last night with strong debuts from the new contestants and from new judge John Legend.
Legend snagged his first team member of the night after she earned four chair turns, proving the "All of Me" singer has what it takes to win this season.
His new team member, Maelyn Jarmon, is no slouch either. Despite being deaf in one ear, she blew the audience away with her moving cover of Sting’s "Fields of Gold."
If she brings more strong performances like that to the stage, it’s easy to picture Legend winning his very first season.
With back-to-back wins, Kelly Clarkson is the judge to fear, and she fought hard for one of the season’s most surprising contestants.
Kim Cherry belted out TLC’s R&B classic "No Scrubs," and earned a chair turn from both Clarkson and country singer Blake Shelton.
The judges made their case for the talented singer and rapper, with Shelton joking that "rapping is my thing." In the end, Cherry agreed to join forced with Shelton, and we can’t wait to hear her next song choice.
Last but not least, Matthew Johnson brought the judges back to life as he closed out the show with a cover of Kirk Franklin’s "Smile."
His deep, rich voice was an obvious winner, and the only question was which of the four offers from judges he would take.
After throwing his shoe to prove his dedication to Johnson, last season’s villain Adam Levine was left disappointed.
Johnson chose to join up with Legend instead, proving that The Voice’s newest judge will give the show’s veterans a run for their money this season.
But before he had a chance to prove his skill, the show poked fun at Legend with an adorable skit that saw his wife Chrissy Teigen sending him off for his first day on the show, with a backpack, bag lunch, and book of "Country Sayings" to translate for Blake Shelton.