'The Voice' Recap: Team Adam Singer Amanda Brown Ends Live Show With a Bang (VIDEO)

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Monday’s episode of NBC’s The Voice featuring performances from the singers on Team Adam and Blake has officially kicked off the live playoffs.

The 10 contestants vying for their spots in the competition all did their best to impress their most important critics… you. America is now responsible for their fate as you cast your votes for your two favorite contestants and send them on to week two of the live shows. (The team coach will pick the third advancing contestant during Thursday’s elimination show.)

And it seems NBC definitely knew what they were doing when they put Team Adam singer Amanda Brown in the closing spot for Monday’s episode, as she effectively stole the spotlight from the other nine singers performing on the stage when she belted Aerosmith’s “Dream On.”

“I think if it wasn’t already evident, this was by far the actual best performance of the night,” said her coach Adam Levine.

Brown, was one of only two contestants to raise the judges to the feet on the first night of live performances.

The other was a bit of a surprise, at least to me. Team Blake singer Julio Cesar Castillo put on a rousing performance of the Mariachi song, “El Rey.” While he sounded great and was definitely in his element, I’m not sure choosing an all Spanish song was the best choice for his live debut but as Blake said, “He had to find a way to connect emotionally and he did.” We will see if that's enough to continue.

Team Adam hopefuls Bryan Keith and Joselyn Rivera also gave great performances when they graced the stage. Though there were some moments in Rivera’s rendition of “Give Your Heart A Break” that were praised by the coaches that left me wondering  if maybe she sounded better in studio than on TV.

I also enjoyed Melanie Martinez’ jazzy version of Ray Charles’ “Hit the Road Jack.” It was obvious however that Christina Aguilera did not as she fought to not say anything too negative to the teenager.

As for Blake’s team, Terry McDermott again surprised me with his rocking performance of Journey’s “Don’t Stop Believing.” As expected all the coaches loved it as well and I completely agreed with Christina’s critique that his voice is “just so easy on the ears.”

Blake Shelton went so far as to say, “I want America to know that when you start voting tonight, that when God was passing out the ability to rock, he gave Terry just a little bit more.”

Country gal Liz Davis did Blake proud with her performance making us think she will be sticking around into next week and possibly beyond. Cassadee Pope and Michaela Page also did well in their respective performances.

Another higlight of the night included Cee Lo Green’s ridiculous outfit, which prompted Levine to tell him, “You look like the lovechild of Rick James and Prince.” There was also a fun group performance prior to the singers’ individual acts.

The Voice’s live playoffs will continue Wednesday at 8 PM EST/ tape delayed PST. The first elimination in these rounds will take place on Thursday at 8 PM EST/ tape delayed PST.

Who was your favorite performer from Team Adam and/or Blake? Sound off in the comments below!

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