From left: Cee Lo Green, Christina Aguilera, Adam Levine, Blake Shelton
04/27/2011 at 08:35 AM EDT
It's hard to say what was more entertaining on the premiere of NBC's new singing competition, The Voice
– the antics deployed by celebrity coaches Christina Aguilera
, Adam Levine, Cee Lo Green and Blake Shelton, or the singers with the dramatic back stories.
Rebecca Loebe, a young folk singer who had been living out of her car, sang a stirring version of Nirvana's "Come as You Are." Another singer, Frenchie Davis, was seeking redemption after American Idol
dropped her in 2003 during season 2 for appearing in racy photos. She sang a soulful rendition of "I Kissed A Girl" by Katy Perry
When Green turned his chair around, he recognized the singer right away. "What up Frenchie?" he said. "You sounded great. What a pleasant surprise it's you. You just won't give up, will you momma?"
But some of the big voices were overshadowed by the friendly competition between the superstar coaches as they convinced their favorite singers to join their teams. Aguilera urged one male singer to drop his pants (that contestant resisted temptation and chose Shelton). Later, Aguilera warned another singer, Beverly McClellan, to be careful around Levine, warning that the Maroon 5 singer would sell a used car to his grandmother. It worked. The singer picked Aguilera.