The best part of watching The Voice is, well, hearing the voices.
That can’t be said for Top 12 contestant Kristen Merlin, who took the stage during season 6′s first live episode Monday — only to have her microphone fail completely during the last third of her performance.
Merlin was in the midst of singing her solid rendition of Sugarland’s “Stay” (delivering one of her strongest performances) when her voice cut out about 80 seconds into the song. A few seconds later, Merlin removed her in-ear monitor while she continued to sing; when a stagehand finally gave her a microphone 20 seconds later, the audience had already begun cheering as Merlin finished the song with a pitch-perfect “Stay” (that’s the title — everyone take a shot!). Following the performance, overwhelming audience response and enthusiasm from the coaches — including Merlin’s coach Shakira — visibly moved the singer to tears.