Not even 15 minutes into Miley Cyrus' debut as a coach on the season 11 premiere of NBC's The Voice on Monday night, she came at Adam Levine like a wrecking ball with a zinger that set the tone for what looks to be an extremely competitive season.
As Levine attempted to recruit Voice hopeful Jason Warrior, a Chicago theater major, to his team by bragging he had won the show three times, Cyrus promptly deflated him like a football in a New England Patriots game.
"Three out of 10?" she asked, as the crowd howled.
"It's basic math, and it did take me a second," she continued. "But I don't know … I wouldn't have said that if I was you."
That wasn't all. Later on, as Blake Shelton turned on the Southern charm to sway Christian Cuevas to his team, she bet Levine that the next words out of his mouth would be, "I'm a fan." And, dang, if Shelton didn't say those exact words right on cue.
"I knew it!" she screamed, pointing at Shelton.
With that, Cyrus challenged her fellow coaches to update their cliches --as well as their game.
In a subsequent battle with new coach Alicia Keys for 14-year-old Courtnie Ramirez, Cyrus came out the victor despite Keys' own pitch that genre doesn't matter. Cyrus -- who makes excellent pitches on her behalf, as well as knowing when to hold off from pushing the button -- won that round with youthful exuberance and keen observations.
"You have this little swaggy walk, which I love ... and a rock vibe," she said.
The 23-year-old singer used her powers of persuasion "to have more of the younger squad" on her team, and courted Ramirez with a plan to try out "different styles." It will be fun to see what Cyrus -- whose tastes range from Melanie to The Flaming Lips -- will assign to her team. She also scored an early victory with the addition of Ali Caldwell -- who, at first, seemed a lock for Team Alicia -- to her team.
Cyrus -- who said Caldwell can win -- sealed that deal by offering to teach her how to share "your story through your songs so you don't end as just a great singer ... 'cause I got a lot of personality."
She also cracked jokes that an 8-year-old was wearing an outfit identical to hers, an interesting ensemble with hot-pink flowers.
She wasn't always successful, losing 15-year-old Gabe Broussard to Shelton, but her desire to pick his brain about the songs that inspire his sound shows that she is willing to listen to the artists on her team and bring out the colors in their voices.
Cyrus is a breath of fresh air, and it will be interesting to see what her big surprise is on Tuesday night's episode of The Voice, airing 8 p.m. on NBC. She is definitely a reason to tune in.
Watch Miley shoot down Adam below: