Shakira and Usher made their debut on the premiere of "The Voice" Monday night with a group performance of the Beatle's "Come Together.”
NBC's hit show offers contestants blind auditions in front of the four celebrity coaches – which also included Blake Shelton and Adam Levine. Shakira and Usher replaced "The Voice" original coaches Christina Aguilera and Cee Lo Green.
"I want to be a coach on “The Voice” to help someone else achieve their own dreams," said Shakira, the Colombian songstress who has won more than nine Grammys and has sold over 60 million records.
You know what that is - that is sexy.
- Shakira, on contestant Christian Porter's performance
Despite the heavily promoted debut of the new judges, the first show belonged to contestant Judith Hill, whose performance of Aguilera's "What a Girl Wants" had all four judges fighting for a chance to represent her.
"You are the first person that's ever come on this show and done a Christina song as well as Christina Aguilera," Levine said.
Hill was chosen as a backup singer for Michael Jackson's "This is It" Tour, which was cancelled following the singer's unexpected death at 50. Hill sang "Heal the World" at Jackson's memorial service. After the performance, her phone rang off the hook with people interested in representing her, but she did not think it was appropriate to use Jackson’s death as a platform to launch her singing career.
"If you let me be your coach, not only will you win “The Voice,” but you'll win the world over," Usher said.
Hill chose Levine as her coach.
"She's going to be a Grammy winning superstar," Levine said. "And she's on my team."
The rest of the show picked up where it left off with superstar country singer and 2012 champion coach, Blake Shelton, taking some of the night's top talent, including 16-year-old Danielle Bradbery and 21-year-old Christian Porter.
Bradbery, clad in cowboy boots, sang Taylor Swift's "Mean," a performance that impressed the coaches so much that Usher bribed the young talent with tickets to a Justin Bieber concert if she chose him as coach.
Shakira was a big fan of Porter, a bar musician from Pennsylvania who had all the women in the crowd swooning with his rendition of LMFAO's "Sexy and I know It."
"You know what that is - that is sexy," she said.
Janetza Miranda, 25, a Puerto Rican from Newark, N.J., sang David Guetta’s "Titanium," in the hopes of getting Shakira to take notice.
"Today, Latin artists develop a fan base within the Spanish community and then they cross over and go into English like Shakira did and I would like to follow in her footsteps," Miranda said.
Miranda is a singer in a Bachata group but unfortunately did not impress the judges.
"I think it was the key, if you would have picked a half step down or something...you have a very strong voice," Shakira said.
Kris Thomas signed a record deal with a label after college, but soon after cutting his first track he ended his contract due to creative differences. Thomas slipped into depression and became an alcoholic. His life changed when he almost ran his car into a home after a night of drinking.
Shakira was the only coach who turned around for Thomas, who sang Whitney Houston's "Saving All My Love For You," surprising all the judges who thought he was a woman.
"I'm so glad you're on my team," she said. "Because you're really a gem."