"The Voice" returned for Season 4 with two new faces. Shakira and Usher both proved up to the challenge of keeping up with the former winners still on the judging panel. Adam Levine won Season 1, while Blake Shelton took the next two. But as much fun as it was to see the new judges learning how to spar with the seasoned vets, it was the talent that shown through. And no one shone brighter than the last performer of the night.
Judith Hill came in with a rather impressive pedigree. She was to be a featured vocalist on Michael Jackson's "This Is It" tour, until his untimely death. She gained national attention by performing "Heal the World" at his memorial service. Hill said offers came pouring in after that, but she didn't feel right capitalizing on Jackson's death. So she waited.
Christina Aguilera is one of those singers you don't touch, but Judith Hill showed no fear in tackling "What a Girl Wants." She got all four judges to turn around, and Adam even went so far as to say she sang that song every bit as good as Christina.
"I’m gonna light myself on fire to make sure you’re on my team," he told her. She did pick him, though Blake was disappointed Adam didn't have to light himself on fire to make it happen. It was Adam's first pick of the season, and he quipped that he could just go home after that. Hollywood Life agreed, calling Judith the one to beat.
The blind auditions continue on "The Voice," Mondays and Tuesdays at 8 p.m. ET on NBC.