Voice Recap: Adam Levine, Usher teams take the NBC stage in first of live rounds

The first night of The Voice three-night live playoff rounds kicked off with emotional and powerful performances from Team Adam and Team Usher.

No eliminations on Monday, but front-runners emerged, earning praise from all four judges.

Amber Carrington was the first to perform, followed by Team Usher's Josiah. His rendition of Muse's "Starlight" might have aimed for the stars, but he might have undershot them.

Team Blake's Sarah Simmons' take on the Sarah McLachlan hit "Angel" won over the coach, who called her his "favorite singer."  

But it was Michelle who seemed to surprise the coaches the most. Singing "True Colors," made famous by 80s pop legend Cyndi Lauper, Michelle impressed, enough that coach Usher said it was her breakout moment of the competition.

The final performance was Judith Hill, who fought past a lingering vocal cord injury to wow the judges and audience with Nina Simone's "Feeling Good." Judges were not only impressed with Hill's raw talent, but her ability to pull the crowd into the performance, which one judge noted, just can't be taught. 

Muskogee duo The Swon Brothers are set to perform live Tuesday evening, a night before four more contestants are sent home.

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