The four judges had nothing but compliments for the singers performing on the first live show

By Andrea Billups
November 05, 2013 07:30 AM
Credit: NBC

The Voice‘s first live show featured a slew of strong singers on Monday but Tessanne Chin turned in the performance of the night.

The Jamaican singer, 28, amped up the glamour with red nails and lips, as she took Jimmy Cliff’s “Many Rivers to Cross” to a fierce level.

As the night’s last performer, Chin (who’d been Cliff’s backup singer) wiped away tears as her coach, Adam Levine, and the crowd gave her a standing ovation.

“They saved the best for last,” Cee Lo Green said. “You are one of my favorites. You make me feel things.”

The first show of the live rounds featured artists from Team Adam and Team Blake, and each of the performers brought their A-game as they fought for a spot in the top 12.

Among the standouts was Team Blake’s Shelbie Z., who claimed the stage with Reba McEntire‘s hit “Fancy.”

“I love your growls and the way you just get on that stage and deliver,” Christina Aguilera, who opened the show with Flo Rida, told the Alabama hairdresser.

Her coach Blake Shelton thanked her for making him look smart. “If I had been in a coma for the last five years and woke up tonight and saw you, I would think that that was one of the biggest stars in country music.”

The ladies, including a rocked-out Grey, who covered Paramore‘s “Still Into You,” held their own against a strong challenge from the male singers.

Wearing a leopard-print jacket, Dallas’s Nic Hawk, covered every part – from the singing to the rapping – on Robin Thicke‘s hit “Blurred Lines” for Team Blake.

Levine raved: You did every single thing that happened in this song, in the video, minus the boobs!”

Ray Boudreaux introduced the crowd to Louisiana “swamp pop,” the music of his native state by covering Bayou soul singer Marc Broussard’s “Home.”

“I love to see grit and I love to see real,” Green said. “I love the way that it translated to everyone here.”

Equally moving were Team Blake’s Austin Jenckes, who tenderly covered the Black Crowes‘s “She Talks to Angels,” and Cole Vosbury, who made the Rod Stewart classic, “Maggie May,” his own, earning praise from his coach as a “frontrunner.”

Team Adam’s Will Champlin showcased his musicianship, playing a Rhodes keyboard on One Republic‘s “Secrets.” Levine called Champlin’s talent “a special gift.”

Levine’s Preston Pohl, a former Christian band guitarist, also delivered his own style of soul on B.o.B’s “Nothin’ On You.”

“That was studly,” Shelton said. Added Levine: “I’m not sure there is anybody in this competition with something as unique as what you have. You can’t coach that. You have it.”

Self-described computer geek James Wolpert offered the night’s most emotional moment, covering Joni Mitchell’s “A Case of You.” Playing his acoustic guitar, his stripped down version left his coach, Levine, with his mouth open in wonder.

Singers from Team Cee Lo and Team Christina are up Tuesday night as The Voice‘s live shows continue.