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Season 13 of The Voice (Mondays and Tuesdays at 8 p.m. ET on CTV) officially kicked off on Monday night, and featured some new and returning occupants to the giant red chairs. Blake Shelton and Adam Levine are back once again to trade insults, Miley Cyrus has returned for her second year and is hoping for her first win, and Jennifer Hudson makes her debut on the US version of The Voice. Hudson isn’t new to singing reality shows, and not just because she got her big break on American Idol. The Oscar winner was also a coach on The Voice UK earlier this year, where she became the first female coach to ever win. Consider yourselves on notice, Blake, Adam and Miley.

The season started off with a bang. Chris Weaver is a preacher by day and drag queen by night, but no matter what the setting, The Voice hopeful can SANG. Weaver scored a perfect four chair turnaround with his performance of “Try A Little Tenderness,” earning a shoe toss from Jennifer. “Where I come from, y’all, that’s a compliment,” Jennifer said, explaining the shoe toss. “And we know at times, when you sing like that, you better be prepared to do what? Duck!”

Then there was contestant Dave Crosby, who we are kinda calling out for cheating. At the urging of surprise fan Adam Levine, the singer brought out his four-year-old daughter Claire, and the pair performed their viral cover of “You’ve Got A Friend In Me,” melting the hearts of the entire world and earning Crosby a spot on Team Adam. Not fair. Adorable, but unfair.

Easily the most surprising performance of the night came from 26-year-old Frasier Lucas Holiday. The cashier from Michigan had already gone viral thanks to a video his friend posted of Holiday singing at work. The video led to Holiday singing in concert with Maxwell in front of 20,000 people, which seems like a pretty good warm up for national television. Holiday performed a stunning cover of Maxwell’s “This Woman’s Work,” which earned a chair turn from Jennifer, and possibly the biggest shock she’ll ever have on The Voice. We were looking directly at him, Jennifer, and Chris’ appearance is still a surprise to us.

It was a season premiere full of incredible singers, but the show-stopping performance of the night came at the very end, with singer Brooke Simpson. Hailing from North Carolina, Simpson is part of the Haliwa-Saponi Tribe and has been singing with her Evangelist parents since she was seven. Though we’d say she was probably born with it.

Now 26, Simpson is looking for an opportunity to pursue music as a profession and judging by tonight’s performance, we’re ready to pre-order her debut album. Singing Demi Lovato‘s “Stone Cold,” it was difficult to believe that what we were hearing was coming from amateur singer Simpson and not MTV VMA winner Lovato. Showing incredible range, control and emotion, Simpson is poised to win this season of The Voice and we’re only in night one. Get it, gurl.

Not surprisingly (especially if you caught the leaked video last week), Simpson earned the second four-chair turn of the night. If we had more upper body strength we would have turned our whole couch around for her.

Preach, Jennifer.

In the end, it was Miley’s big win, a decision that was made after Cyrus physically showed Simpson how fast her heart was beating. But Miley wasn’t the only Cyrus ecstatic that she had likely just won The Voice, with her mom Tish delivering a running hug to Simpson.

We’re not sure which is better; Simpson’s incredible performance or her utter shock at landing on Team Miley.

It was the performance. Definitely the performance.

 

Catch every episode of The Voice, Mondays and Tuesdays at 8 p.m. ET on CTV