The Voice Recap: First of live shows

The Voice live shows debuted Monday night, bringing the popular singing show one step closer to finding a winner.

Twelve contestants performed, split between Team Christina and Team Blake. Each sang individually and showed a bit more of their personality with their song choices.

Former Alicia Keys' backup singer Jermaine Paul led things off with Bon Jovi's "Livin' on a Prayer." His passionate rendition seemed well-received by both coaches and fans.

Chris Mann next sang Simon & Garfunkel's "Bridge Over Troubled Water" for Team Blake. His opera stylings and song choice impressed the coaches -- we'll see if that translates to America come Tuesday night.

RaeLynn followed with a Maroon 5 hit "Wake Up Call." Adam Levine enjoyed the performance of his song. The 17-year-old country artist (who beat out Tulsa's Adley Stump to advance to the live shows) received high praise from her coach Blake Shelton.

Moses Stone changed things up with his rap-singing skills as he took on Kanye West's "Stronger and Power." The other coaches saw improvement in his voice and coach Christina Aguilera was all smiles, calling him "the total package."

Reggae artist Naia Kete took the stage next with Adele's "Turning Tables." After receiving advice from coach Blake Shelton to stick to the original song style, Kete got mixed reviews of her performance, but a thumbs up from her coach.

Coffee shop performer Lindsey Paveo sang the Gotye hit, "Somebody That I Used To Know." Coach Christina loved the song and spoke highly of Paveo, saying she would buy her album.

Rocker Jordis Unga followed with Heart's "Alone." After admitting to being overcome with nerves in the battle rounds, Unga shined in her live debut, hitting big notes throughout.

Sera Hill sang "Find your love" by Mary J Blige. Hill was described as a "diva-in-training" by coach Christina.

Erin Willett next took the stage to sing "Trust and Love." After losing her father earlier the competition, Willett gave an emotional performance.

Youngster Ashley De La Rosa sang next and seemed much improved from previous showings. Singing "Right Through It," all the coaches appeared pleasantly surprised by her presence on stage. Adam Levine said De La Rosa performed for the first time "like a woman."

Next, Charlotte Sometimes sang Paramore's "Misery Business," giving the audience a listen to a uniquely Charlotte twist to the pop-rock song. While Adam said she was pitchy at times, the other coaches came to her defense, saying they enjoyed the rendition.

Finally, Jesse Campbell sang Louie Armstrong's "What a Wonderful World" for Team Christina. Campbell capped off the night well with strong but patient notes.

No sight of Jamar Rogers Monday. Rogers, the former Tulsan who revealed to America he has HIV, has a 50-50 chance of appearing on next Monday's show.

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