TODAY   |  February 24, 2014

Usher pokes fun at Blake Shelton, Hoda’s dog

Grammy winner Usher, now a judge on the hit NBC show “The Voice,” tells TODAY’s Kathie Lee Gifford and Hoda Kotb about the upcoming season. He also pokes fun at Hoda for naming her dog after fellow judge Blake Shelton.

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>>> all right, gather around the couch, set your dvrs, a big night of tv is back. one of america's favorite shows, "the voice," premieres on nbc. from the looks of it, the auditions, the competition, it is fierce.

>> yes. season six already marks the return of grammy winning superstar usher as a coach and judge side by side with shakira, adam levine and blake shelton , hodi. you can bet some sparks are going to fly. just take a look.

>> you were phenomenal.

>> thank you so much.

>> yeah. you nailed that.

>> i love you, usher.

>> i plan on winning this entire thing with you.

>> don't you get a feeling if you go with him, you won't ever get a word in edgewise?

>> so -- wow. good to see you.

>> how are you?

>> all turned around for her, huh?

>> we had 11 four chair turns this year, incredible, yeah.

>> watching the singers compete is great, but watching you guys fight like you do for the competitors --

>> we go for blood. everything else is all love backstage.

>> is there a time where you love somebody , but you really, really think, you know what, i'm not best suited to be her mentor or his mentor? or just go for the best talent you can get.

>> you go for the best. if you feel it, you turn, because it is a blind audition. and then sometimes it becomes competitive. i don't get her, so you're going after this girl, you know, and you are vying for her attention.

>> you're wooing her.

>> yeah.

>> uh- uh huh . we know how you do.

>> old-fashioned word. look it up.

>> so this is definitely going to be an incredible season for me, season four was great. season six having the opportunity to try some new things.

>> you have a unique coaching style above all the others. used to have some of your contestants get down and do 50 push-ups. what are you --

>> part of who i am is because of my -- i guess my regimen and how disciplined i am. that represents a little bit of that. how bad do you really want it? the one thing i want to ask you about, you have a dog named blake?

>> yes, i do.

>> not that i -- i have an issue with that, because he is a dog, you know what i'm saying, but i felt like i had no possibility of winning this panel here.

>> well, we can rescue another one and named him usher.

>> musher?

>> usher. i had a dog named regis, he was honored and his ashes still live in my library. that was a loved dog.

>> this is bad. scary. what happened to cee lo .

>> from what i hear, he's working on other aspects of his career. it is great when you have a platform like this to introduce whatever you're doing and then go on to what you love, if it is acting. for me, it is a little bit of all of that. just completed my role as sugar ray leonard in the film about roberto.

>> fantastic. when is that coming out?

>> later this year hopefully.

>> we look forward to that. that could change everything, baby.

>> yeah, yeah.

>> will you like me then, for real?

>> we like you. you've always been very, very --

>> i love you.

>> i could be your grandmother, so --

>> usher, good luck. have fun tonight, okay?

>> great to see you. have a great season. season six of "the voice" premieres tonight and tomorrow night at 8:00, 7:00 central here on nbc.