TODAY | February 24, 2014
>>> 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.
>> 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.
>> 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.