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TV Diary: Get ready for 'The Voice'

Monday, March 25, 2013 - 12:01 am

Tonight is the night most of America has been waiting for. I see the status updates on my Facebook newsfeed . Everyone tunes in to see — and hear — “The Voice,” which premieres at 8 p.m. on NBC.

Tonight is special because Season Four features two new coaches: Shakira and Usher. They join Maroon 5's Adam Levine and country music singer Blake Shelton. The four of them will find this season's “The Voice” winner.

Shakira is a Colombian singer-songwriter who has performed with Beyonce and has received numerous awards: two Grammys, nine Latin Grammys, four World Music Awards, three American Music Awards and five Billboard Music Awards.

Seven-time Grammy winner Usher is well-known for his R&B, pop and hip-hop style. His seventh album is “Looking 4 Myself.”

With this musically diverse panel of judges, it's anybody's guess who will win Season Four. Shelton has picked two of the winners, while Levine has picked one.

Here are some easy questions for fans.

1. Shakira and Usher replace which two judges?

2. “The Voice” is based on which Netherlands TV show?

3. Name the three prior winners.

4. What are the three phases of competion?

5. Who is the show's host?

Answers: 1. Christina Aguilera and Cee Lo Green. 2. “The Voice of Holland.” 3. Javier Colon (first season), Jermaine Paul (second season) and Cassadee Pope (third season). 4. Blind audition, battle and live performance. 5. Carson Daly.