TODAY   |  May 07, 2013

Savannah, Al go behind the scenes of ‘The Voice’

TODAY’s Savannah Guthrie and Al Roker get an insider’s look at “The Voice,” going backstage to talk to the judges – Shakira, Usher, Blake Shelton and Adam Levine – and sitting in the audience for Monday night’s show.

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>>> we are back now at 7:44 and time to talk about what was a fun night for savannah and al. guys?

>> yeah, we were up late. as we mentioned we were at "the voice" last night and got a behind-the-scenes look at the singing competition on its first live night.

>> stage 12, right here.

>> i think "the voice" is somewhere near here. i think there's a sign.

>> i think what you meant to say is this is "the voice."

>> walking, walking, hard to walk in these shoes.

>> usher.

>> usher, come on.

>> no more backstage passes for you.

>> that's right.

>> you were working out with your team. that was pretty impressive.

>> have to appreciate everything. if you want to win, you have to pay it forward.

>> i can't imagine somebody who has never done this walking out on stage like this.

>> you know, nerves do sneak in every so often, but have you to quiet that and only focus on one thing. to walk away to let you leave without a trace

>> looking from over there, it's like a pit stop at nascar. look at this.

>> i wore my nighttime heels. sorry, al, i'm like 7 feet tall right now.

>> because you're not tall enough.

>> two members of the nbc family, give it up from the "today" show, savannah guthrie and al roker are here. give it up, everybody.

>> love "the voice" and big fans at the "today" show. one of the contestants from the show live on the "today" show tomorrow.

>> summer concert series. who do you have on it?

>> a band you might have heard of, maroon five.

>> i love you, al roker .

>> first live show under your belt. how does it feel?

>> i think the competition is a lot tougher than i thought it was going to be. i think judith had a big moment there, and i think ma michelle or usher's team had a huge moment.

>> what are you going to tell them to inspire them?

>> what are you going to tell them?

>> i don't mean to steal your thunder.

>> first show --

>> oh, god.

>> you watch these other two teams perform. how do you feel your chances are?

>> are you afraid of my am?

>> i am a little afraid of your team.

>> what do you mean a little?

>> and of adam.

>> what do you mean adam?

>> grows each week.

>> shakira, you can understand. let's see your heels.

>> yeah. just trying to fit in here.

>> my stockings.

>> a stocking malfunction.

>> it's amazing to watch what happens during this broadcast, matt. i mean, it's an army of people who put this thing on.

>> when you think about the fact that these are amateurs coming out there singing, this huge stage, live television , and they all are so composed and do so well.

>> you had a chance to size up the teams. what do you think?

>> i mean, there's some pretty stiff competition. judith at the end of the night, no question. she brought the house down, but there's a lot of great singers, josiah we just had had a really good night.

>> and all crazy young.

>> very young, very energetic which is good because they don't let them sleep.