September 11th, 2012
01:01 PM ET
"The Voice" returned Monday night with some serious talent in store ... and we're not just talking about the judges, who took a moment to remind us that they're also musicians with a performance of The Rolling Stones' "Start Me Up."
Cee Lo Green, Christina Aguilera, Blake Shelton and Adam Levine, who all have to build 16-person teams this season, had plenty to choose from. Here are a few of our favorite performances:
This singer from Chicago immediately won us over with her self-assured sense of style, and although her song choice was confusing - are we not over Train yet, America? - she sold it to us anyway. And if she could do that with "Hey, Soul Sister," imagine what she could do with a song we actually like? Christina Aguilera smartly snapped her up.
We love how each season offers a few contenders that are clearly right up a particular judge's alley, and that was the case with yodeler and country crooner Gracia. Her performance of "I Want to Be a Cowboy's Sweetheart" was practically signed, sealed and delivered for Blake Shelton, and that's who she picked to be her mentor.
We also fell hard for Bryan Keith, the son of singer Ray de la Paz, whose from-the-gut rendition of Bruno Mars' "It Will Rain" landed him on Adam's team.
And then, of course, there's Trevin - you know we couldn't forget about Trevin. His soaring vocals on "Listen" had three of the four judges battling to get him on their team. In the end he went with Cee Lo, making a nice addition to the cockatoo-loving judge's team.
Those were our personal four favorites, but we can think of more that you'd likely add to the list, namely Terry McDermott.
So what'd you think of "The Voice" premiere? Which singers would make your favorites list?
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