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'The Voice' recap: The old gang's back for Season 5

September 24, 2013|By Amy Reiter
  • Original chair turners Adam Levine, left, Cee Lo Green, Christina Aguilera and Blake Shelton have reunited for Season 5 of "The Voice."
Original chair turners Adam Levine, left, Cee Lo Green, Christina Aguilera… (Trae Patton / NBC )

The return of Cee Lo Green (New and improved! With a full-head, swirly henna tattoo!) and Christina Aguilera (skinny, flat-haired and with cleavage modestly covered) was marked with appropriate fanfare Monday night on the premiere of Season 5 of "The Voice."

"It's like getting the original band back together and jamming one more time," Blake "Mr. Three-peat" Shelton said. Later, Shelton's bromantic partner, Adam Levine, joked that it was "like the Beatles, but better." And even though the original four coaches may not quite be the lads from Liverpool, the reunion was cause for celebration and, frankly, a sense of relief.

Last season's brave newbies, Shakira and Usher, had done the best they could as red-chair fillers, but the chemistry of the four original coaches -- who began the show with a comfortable "I Love Rock 'n' Roll" -- is a big part of the Emmy-winning show's appeal (congrats on the win, guys).

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