Shakira the Great: Her 6 Greatest ‘Voice’ Moments
This Monday at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT, Target and Clear Channel will co-host Shakira's album release party at the iHeartRadio Theater in Burbank, Calif. But of course, Shakira's not just a Grammy-winning, platinum-selling recording artist: She's a bona fide TV star, having just returned for her second season of "The Voice." And while it's too soon to tell if Shakira will be the next winning "Voice" coach (she lost out to Blake Shelton last time), she's already racked up her share of winning moments on the megahit singing show.
So, to celebrate the release of her 10th studio album "Shakira." and return to television, here are some of the Colombian superstar's finest, most DVR-able moments from "The Voice" Seasons 4 and 6.
1. That time when she went for a wild ride with her new co-stars.
I admit that when it was first announced that Shakira and Usher would be filling Christina Aguilera and CeeLo Green's big red chairs in Season 4, I had concerns. Would either of them be able to provide the entertainment value we'd come to expect from the show's original cast? But then this hilariously adorable, adorably hilarious Season 4 promo came out…and once Shakira joined in for its "Wayne's World"-style car singalong, it was clear that the answer to that question was a resounding YES. Turn around, bright eyes, because this was going to be a fun fourth season.
2. That time when we found out she plays a mean harmonica.
The new coaches once again exhibited great chemistry on Season 4's premiere, when they all came together, so to speak, for a pyro-tastic cover of the Beatles' barnstormer "Come Together." With Adam Levine on drums, Blake Shelton on guitar, Shakira on harmonica, and Usher on bass (who even knew Shakira played harmonica and Usher played bass?), the fab four totally owned the stage. It was enough to make me not even miss Xtina and CeeLo. Seeing this rock 'n' roll She-Wolf wail on that harp and rock out with the boys perfectly set the tone for a high-energy season.
3. That time when she wore a perfect poker face.
Shakira's hips may not lie, but sometimes, for the sake of "Voice" gameplay, her face does. Early in Season 4, a contestant unisexily named Kris Thomas belted Whitney Houston's "Saving All My Love For You," and his prepubescent pitch voice had all four coaches convinced that he was a girl. Shakira was the first and only coach to buzz in for Kris…and when she saw a ruggedly handsome 27-year-old man singing in front of her, instead of gasping in shock (and thus stirring up her castmates' curiosity and causing them to turn their chairs as well), she registered no reaction. The other judges had no idea what was going on, until it was too late. So this usually fiery singer's ability to play it cool paid off in the end. Well played, Shakira. Well played.