'The Voice' premiere recap: Season 10 kicks off with strong blind auditions

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"The Voice" premiere recap: The gang's back together for Season 10.

The old gang is back!

Christina Aguilera returns to "The Voice," joining the boys on the red chairs once again. The crowd was so excited they welcomed her back with a full-blown chant of her name.

Last season, Adam Levine claimed the crown after Jordan Smith won over the hearts of listeners around the world. This season, anything goes.

During the first night of blind auditions, each of the four coaches secured two artists — and you better believe Adam and Blake Shelton were back to their bickering antics. But despite all the back-and-forth between the two, Pharrell Williams helped us home in on the real focus of the night: the fresh batch of talented artists.

Paxton Ingram kicked off the show singing Robyn’s “Dancing On My Own.” Adam was moved, Pharrell was at a loss for words, but Blake was the first to turn his chair and snag the opening act. Everyone was surprised about the first pairing, including Blake himself, but that just goes to show that in Season 10, all bets are off.

We also got a sneak peek of the guest coaches who’ll be making an appearance later on in the show. They include Tori Kelly, Sean "P. Diddy" Combs and Miley Cyrus. What a lineup!

With eight artists already locked down on Night 1, it’s easy to see the competition is starting off strong. Here are some artists to look out for this season:

Mary Sarah, who sang “Where The Boys Are” by Connie Francis, was a no-brainer four-chair-turner. The 19-year-old's unique, vintage voice caught the attention of all four coaches, and she joined Blake’s country mafia. It’ll be interesting to see what else this young gem will have to offer. 

Alisan Porter, 34, was another shoo-in. She wowed the crowd and brought Christina to tears singing Linda Ronstadt’s “Blue Bayou.” Her audition was absolutely flawless. Alisan also starred in the 1991 film "Curly Sue" as the title character, so she is an artist with many talents. Her unforgettable performance gave us hope for a female finalist, and Christina is the perfect coach to make that happen.

Blake, Pharrell and Adam fought hard for 21-year-old Mike Schiavo who sang Tove Lo's “Talking Body.” His powerful rendition won him a once-in-a-lifetime moment with Adam on stage for a duet of one of Mike's favorite Maroon 5 songs, “She will be Loved,” guaranteeing his spot on Team Adam. 

And our first chair-turner of the night, 21-year-old Caity Peters, is definitely an artist to keep an eye on. Her take on Labrinth’s “Jealous” was soulful and dynamic. Caity impressed us all with her crazy range and emotion-filled vocals. Pharrell beat the coaches to the punch landing this all-star artist.

Season 10 is off to a great start. With chants, cheers, tears, laughs and a love for the music that touches our hearts, "The Voice" is officially back for another run.

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