Monday night The Voice kicked off its live rounds with Team Adam going up against Team Usher, but it's all about Team Judith Hill for me. She's already got my vote, but now she has to annihilate the competition and win over the voting public. Last night she hit us with her best shot with a cover of Nina Simone's "Feeling Good," and she did very well even if it wasn't her strongest performance to date. Hill's delivery lacked Nina's fire, and she didn't transform the song like she did previous performances of Christina Aguilera's "What A Girl Wants" and Willie Nelson's "Always On My Mind." After setting the bar so high for herself, "Feeling Good" needed to be more than just good. Yet and still, she sounded pretty damn amazing, and I doubt that she has anything to worry about on this week's elimination show on Wednesday.
A surprising highlight of Monday's episode was a duet between coaches Adam Levine and Usher who teamed up to sing Stevie Wonder's "Superstition." My side eye was ready and I was all set to loathe this, but these two sounded fantastic together and the band the jamming on the one. The eight-piece horn section set it off. It was especially dope to hear Usher pull this soulful vocal out of his bag of tricks. If these two decide to do more duets like this this season, I won't be mad. And if Usher decides to return to making R&B/soul music full time, I will be very happy.