The Voice Recap: Top 12 artists perform, await Tuesday's elimination night

LOS ANGELES - The Voice heated up to a whole new level Monday, and not just because the air conditioning was on the fritz.

All 12 remaining performers sang their hearts out in hopes of making it to the final 10. And while those lucky enough to advance will have to wait one more day to find out their Voice fates, it's clear America has some tough choices.

First up Monday was Usher's musical pupil, Vedo. The Atlanta native sang Michael Jackson's "Rock with You," coupling smooth dance moves with impressive vocals. 

Blake was the first to point Vedo's moves, and said they actually added to the performance.

Next up was Garrett Gardner, Shakira's teen project. The 17-year-old brought his signature growl once again, but the song choice -- The Backstreet Boys "Tell Me Why" -- felt wrong from the beginning. Coach Adam said it wasn't his favorite, an opinion to which everyone seemed to agree.

Team Adam's Sarah Simmons was the first to really impress the coaches Monday. Singing Brandi Carlile's "The Story," Simmons showed great range, transitioning from gravelly lows to delicate notes with ease.

Adam especially liked the performance, and said the Memphis singer is one of the best singers in the competition.

Oklahoma favorites The Swon Brothers took the stage next, and showed voters a different side of the duo. Zach and Colton honored the late George Jones with an acoustic version of "Who's Gonna Fill Their Shoes?"

All four coaches appeared to appreciate the tribute, with Adam referring to the performance as "a beautiful rendition" and Blake going so far to call it the pair's breakout moment of the competition.

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Sasha Allen delivered one of the very best performances of the night with Heart's "Alone." The Shakira-coached singer was nearly in tears by music's end, along with her coach, who again said Sasha's was one of the best voices she had ever heard.

She also promised to write a song entitled "My Sasha."

Team Usher singer Josiah Hawley followed with a toned-down version of "The Man Who Can't Be Moved" by The Script. The "young Adam" as Usher dubbed him after the song, definitely has the ladies on his side. Blake, who called it the artist's favorite performance, seemed to be too.

Danielle Bradbery wowed once again for Team Blake, this time belting out Carrie Underwood's "Wasted" with lungs no 16-year-old should have. The budding star, who said she was just a normal, horse-riding teen only a few months ago, gained positive reviews from all four coaches.

Shakira even likened her to a "16-year-old Margaret Thatcher." That's good, right?

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Judith Hill sang a polished version of Carol King's "You've Got a Friend," once again impressing everyone in attendance. Usher said the singer is in control of her own destiny at this point. 

He may be right.

Next up was last week's biggest surprise, Michelle Chamuel. Singing Robyn's "Call Your Girlfriend," the unique Usher product played well to the crowd with an infectious energy. While not as strong as some of the other singers left in the competition, there's no doubt the girl's special.

Kris Thomas rounded out the night for Shakira. Performing the challenging Jackson 5 hit "I'll Be There," Thomas received encouragement for taking the risk when it was all said and done, but the song seemed to be too much for the Tennessee native.

Amber Carrington finished up the night, but didn't go quietly. Adam's lone country artist seemed to be the envy of coach Blake after her rendition of Martina McBride's "I'm Gonna Love You Through It." Adam said Carrington was "mind-bogglingly" good, while Blake called her an outright star.

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