Inside Stage 16 on Burbank's Warner Bros. lot, two young hopefuls are battling it out for a knockout-round spot on Team Shakira. But because this is The Voice, the coaches will trade just as many shots as the competitors.
No sooner have the aspiring divas finished a melisma-mad rendition of a Spanish-language ballad penned by their coach than Usher declares the song choice "narcissistic." While the quip is delivered with a smile, Shakira is not about to sit idly by and let Adam Levine, who quickly jumps to her defense, have all the fun. Especially when the Latin-music crossover star can deliver a smackdown in more than one language — which she handily does, to resounding cheers from the packed live audience.
And the winner of that battle is...viewers of The Voice, which, thanks to the lively chemistry of its revamped judging panel