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‘The Voice’: 5 Best Moments From Week 1 Blind Auditions

From a Chris Stapleton clone to an R&B spitfire, watch five memorable performances from Season 11’s premiere week

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Former child country singer Billy Gilman reemerged as a pop crooner on 'The Voice.'

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"This is my favorite gig I've ever had. I still get a rush finding amazing talent," said country superstar Blake Shelton as The Voice Season 11 premiered Monday night. The four-time Voice champ must also love a good fight. New coach Miley Cyrus is giving Adam Levine a run for his money as Shelton's biggest rival on the Emmy-winning competition show, stealing country singers from him right and left. The incomparable Alicia Keys is also new to the show and joins Shelton, Cyrus and Levine in competing over a crop of insanely talented, largely undiscovered artists. Here are our picks for must-see blind auditions from the first two episodes.

Billy Gilman, ‘When We Were Young’

"Now you've found your sound and where you belong musically," Blake Shelton said to Billy Gilman after his spine-tingling interpretation of Adele's "When We Were Young." The Voice coach immediately recognized the 28-year-old contestant upon turning his chair, as the two got their starts in country music right around the same time (when Gilman was just 12 years old). Now a member of Team Adam — after Levine made the hands-down best case of all four chair-turning judges, Gilman told the audience, "To finally be here in a moment where I can finally sing the way I so badly wanted to even then, and to finally stand here and be amongst you, it truthfully is such an honor." — S.B.

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