“The Voice” has finally reached the live shows with the first round – the playoff round – where the 20 singers will be pared down to 12 after fan votes and coaches saves.
The show begins with a group performance of team Adam and team Blake of “Peace of Mind” by Boston.
Team Adam’s Joselyn Rivera was up first with “Give Your Heart a Break”. The coaches called the performance solid and looked good up on the big stage.
Scottish rocker Terry McDermott from team Blake gave a performance of “Don’t Stop Believing” by Journey to rival Steve Perry. The coaches called the performance effortless and genuine rock and roll.
Team Adam’s Melanie Martinez took on the Ray Charles classic hit “Hit the Road Jack” that Adam said was mesmerizing and Christina called pitchy.
Team Blake’s country girl Liz Davis performed Martina McBride’s “Independence Day”. The coaches called the performance wonderful with a strong solid voice.
Rocker chick Cassadee Pope performed the Avril Lavigne song “My Happy Ending”. Blake said that he thinks Cassadee is going to be around for a long time.
Adam’s only guy performer Bryan Keith performed the Goo Goo Dolls hit “Iris”. Blake compared Bryan’s lower register to Neil Diamond and Adam called the performance inviting and effortless.
The show’s youngest singer Michaela Paige sang “Everybody Talks” by Neon Trees in a performance the coaches called the best of the night.
Julio Cesar Castillo returned to his Mariachi roots with a performance of “El Rey” that brought the first standing ovation of the night. Christina said Julio did the Latino community proud; adding she was glad he stayed true to himself.
Team Adam’s Lauren Allred performed the Lisa Stansfield song “All Around the World”. The coaches agreed Lauren gave a great performance.
The final performance of the night was from Amanda Brown who took on the Aerosmith hit “Dream On” in a performance that coaches agreed was a true rock star performance and unbelievable.
“The Voice” returns on Wednesday for performances by team Cee Lo and team Christina.