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'The Voice' top 12 live shows begin with technical issues: 'The Voice' recap

Sisaundra Lewis emerges as one of "The Voice" frontrunners along with Josh Kaufmen.
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The debut of "The Voice" season six live performances aired Monday night with technical issues that separated the mice from the magic. The results are now in the hands of the viewers as the time has come for the fans to vote for their favorite singer.

Twelve artists sang their hearts out amid rumors that Gwen Stefani would replace the very pregnant Christina Aguilera as coach for season seven of “The Voice.” In February Xtina announced back-to-back news of her engagement and pregnancy, which puts Aguilera on maternity leave when the reality TV show returns next season. However, Gwen Stefani has yet to confirm her spot as “The Voice” coach next to Pharrell, Adam Levine and Blake Shelton.

Prior to “The Voice” live shows "Access Hollywood" interviewed Team Adam. It appears Christina, Delvin and Kat are enthralled with Adam Levine’s sultry scent, which the “Sexiest Man Alive” claims is simply “Old Spice Deodorant and a 12-year-old broken bottle of Diore Homme.”

“The Voice” recap that follows lists the artist, the team and what song was performed in the order it appeared. Only 10 of the 12 will return next week; two contestants will get eliminated, so be sure to vote for your favorite.

Team Usher’s Bria Kelly began ‘The Voice” live shows with her rendition of “Rolling in the Deep,” which perhaps was too big of a song for her voice. Adam and Shakira agreed it might have been better in a higher key. Delvin Choice from Team Adam belted “Unchained Melody” and all of the judges concurred he, as usual, did not disappoint.

Team Shakira’s Dani Moz sang Pink’s “Just give me a Reason,” and while the judges enjoyed her performance, Adam Levine felt it lacked a “moment.” Soon-to-be country star Audra McLaughlin of Team Blake put her own spin on “Angel of the Morning,” never before performed on “The Voice” stage. All of the coaches unanimously loved her rendition.

T.J. Wilkins, who represents Team Usher, sang “Waiting for the World to Change” to embrace his past, present and future. His personal risk paid off with all four of “The Voice” coaches praising T.J. Team Adam’s Christina Grimmie, the You Tube sensation, put her unique magical spin on Katy Perry’s “Dark Horse,” which truly impressed the entire celebrity panel.

Sisaundra Lewis, Team Blake’s 44-year-old powerhouse “blew the doors off” her “restrained” version of “Don’t Let the Sun go Down on Me,” and in the words of that other singing show’s Jennifer Lopez, gave this writer “goosies.” Kristen Merlin from Team Shakira didn’t falter when her microphone went silent as she sang, “Stay.” She handled it like a seasoned professional and finished the song with seconds left as a stagehand brought her a new one. Merlin received a well-deserved standing ovation.

Team Adam’s Kat Perkins rocked “Magic Man” and all of “The Voice’s” coaches were blown away by her performance, and the fact that she was once the nanny of five children. Jake Worthington of Team Blake sang the country hit “Anymore” and the consensus was it was an “honest performance.” Tess Boyer rounded out Shakira’s team of women with a modern version of Bon Jovi’s “I’ll be there for You,” and after that performance might not be there tomorrow night, even though Blake Shelton predicted she is the “one to beat on Team Shakira.”

Josh Kaufmen of Team Usher concluded the first night of season six of “The Voice” live performances with the “retro, yet current version” of Sam Smith’s “Stay With Me.” Clearly Kaufmen is one of "The Voice" frontrunners. The results of "The Voice" air Tuesday evening on NBC when two singers will get eliminated and reduce the top 12 to 10.

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