"The Voice" 2014 resumed April 21 on NBC as the top 12 finalists performed live for America's votes for the very first time. The trio of ladies representing international super star Shakira got off to a strong start, as all three earned the mentors' acclaim and one sparkled as she was forced to deal with a massive technical malfunction.
The first member of team Shakira to hit the stage was New Yorker Dani Moz. Shakira predicted that the "poppy rock ballad" "Just Give Me a Reason" would propel Dani to "the next level" and Dani was delighted with the choice. Her take on the Pink hit was passionate, but a few rough patches suggested that nerves may well have been in play. Still, Adam Levine praised her for handling the difficult tune with ease, but wished she'd been "more dynamic" with the presentation. Shakira called the effort "so fantastic" and "heartfelt."
Aspiring country singer Kristen Merlin performed five acts later. Shakira chose the Sugarland ballad "Stay" for her pupil, noting that the "beautiful, sentimental" nature of the song would allow the guarded Kristen to "expose her heart." Although Kristen feared the vulnerability required, she expressed a genuine desire to be real with viewers. Her live iteration was very good, but the most memorable part of her performance was what the audience could not hear: her mic died with 22 seconds remaining, and she continued singing anyway. All four mentors rewarded her with a standing ovation and kind words
The last member of team Shakira to hit the stage was Tess Boyer with her take on Bon Jovi's "I'll Be There For You." Although Tess was pleased with the selection and excited to draw from her past relationships for inspiration, it was an odd choice and a different pick may have been a better fit for her voice. Still, the mentors appreciated the effort, with Blake Shelton dubbing her the best of her team and Shakira praising Tess for being smart and executing her performances efficiently.
As of 10:30 p.m. Pacific time on April 21, none of the three appeared primed to take an iTunes vote multiplier. Kristen sat in 57th place, while Tess ranked 272nd. Dani's track did not appear on the top 400 chart. In order to claim a five-times vote multiplier, a contestant's most recent offering has to rank in the top 10 at the close of the voting window, which for season six is 9 a.m. Pacific time the morning following the performance show.
"The Voice" 2014 resumes April 22 with the top 12 results show. By night's end, two hopefuls will get the boot and 10 will successfully advance to the next round of the competition.