Shakira Picks Rocker, Crooner Over Latina on 'The Voice'


Shakira made a respectable debut as a judge on The Voice last night on NBC. The petite Colombian superstar held her own within the boys club (Blake Shelton, Adam Levine, and Usher) even going as far as mimicking Usher’s flirtatious ways when vying for a singer. She was concise in her praise and quick with her comebacks.

Shak turned her chair around a couple of times and walked away from last night’s show with Mark Andrew who sang Bob Dylan’s “Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door” and R&B singer Kris Thomas, he of the smoothest falsetto to ever grace The Voice stage. When it was time for Puerto Rican singer Janteza Miranda to perform she raved about Shakira and how it would be a dream to be coached by her. The New Jersey-based bachata singer (who even showed Voice host Carson Daly a step or two) sang David Guetta and Sia’s “Titanium” with vigor and passion. Yet, her passion came across as too loud and no one turned around. 

In the end we think Shak made the right decision. As with every music reality show it’s a competition. When you’re assembling your team you need singers who have big voices with minimal help.

What did you think of the show and who was your favorite audition? Are you Team Shakira? Share below!

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Jesus Trivino,

Born and raised in Brooklyn, NY, Jesús Triviño Alarcón began his professional journalism career at Vibe. At 25, he became editor-in-chief of Fuego, the first national English language Latino men’s magazine, and served as senior editor for Scratch, a magazine dedicated to hip-hop producers and DJs. Since then he has guided the editorial direction for, the online component of the Latino lifestyle cable network, and's music shows and specials including 106 & Park. Additionally, he has written and reported for the NY Daily News, SLAM, The Source, XXL, Inked,,,, and many more. In his 16-year career he’s interviewed countless celebrities including Bruno Mars, Carmelo Anthony, Demi Lovato, Marc Anthony, Rosario Dawson, Willie Colón, Jay-Z, Nas, Jessica Alba, John Leguizamo, 50 Cent, Kanye West, among others. Today, as Latina’s Entertainment Director he’s constantly thinking WWJD—What Would Juanes Do? Follow him on Instagram @JesusTalks and Twitter @JesusTalkz.

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