The fifth season of the hit reality TV show “The Voice” debuted Monday night, and the show’s reunited original coaching panel – Christina Aguilera, Cee Lo Green, Adam Levine and Oklahoma country music superstar Blake Shelton – celebrated by opening Season 5 with a raucous collaborative cover of the Arrows/Joan Jett & the Blackhearts classic “I Love Rock and Roll.”
As previously reported, “The Voice” earned outstanding reality competition honors on Sunday night’s 65th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards.
After taking a break from Season 4, Xtina and Cee Lo indeed seemed refreshed and ready to rock ‘n’ roll. Although there was no real standout in my opinion, the first night of the always entertaining blind auditions introduced several talented singers.
Monday night’s episode yielded surprisingly strong ratings considering every other TV singing competition has seen a downturn. The two-hour “The Voice” debut had 14.7 million and a 4.9 rating — up 17 percent from last fall, according to EW.com. That’s the best premiere for “The Voice” since its post-Super Bowl episode last year (and, for those keeping score, tops the Season 4 debut when Shakira and Usher were called in to as subs for Xtina and Cee Lo).
As usual, “The Voice” continues at 7 tonight with two more hours of chair-turning singing.
Here’s how the teams are shaping up after Monday’s installment, and the numbers bear out the impression I got last night that three-time victor Blake Shelton is playing it cool and letting the game come to him this go-round:
TEAM CEE LO: