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Usher: Talent is at an 'all-time high' on 'The Voice'

Feb. 24, 2014 at 12:19 PM ET

"The Voice" is back for an all-new season and, as always, that means a new batch of hopefuls ready to take the stage. But not everything is the same. According to returning coach Usher, this time there really is much more talent — and chair-spinning — on the way.

The singer-turned-reality-TV-mentor stopped by TODAY Monday morning and revealed that the blind auditions rounds, which have already been filmed, prompted him and his fellow panelists to turn around in unison again and again.

"This season we've had 11 four-chair turns," he boasted. "That's like a big deal for us."

Indeed. As any regular viewer of "The Voice" knows, it's a rare event for Usher, Shakira, Blake Shelton and Adam Levine to all agree about the same singers — or anything else.

So what does all the chair action mean?

"That means the talent is at an all-time high," Usher insisted, and he pointed to performances, like one coming up from contestant Bria Kelly, as proof.

Usher called Kelly "an incredible voice in the competition," and he promised she's far from the only one.

"The Voice" two-night premiere airs Monday and Tuesday at 8 p.m. on NBC.



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