The Voice Reveals Top 12

The Voice: Blake Shelton, Shakira, Usher, Adam Levine Pick Top 12
Shakira
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05/08/2013 AT 10:25 PM EDT

The Voice's celeb coaches looked visibly pained Wednesday night before having to send home one of their own contestants.

Shakira – whose team performed Tuesday along with Blake Shelton's singers – couldn't even wave to the camera when she was introduced at the top of the show. "I couldn't sleep last night because of what I knew I had to go through today," she said. "I know my heart is going to break into 100 pieces."

Usher and Shelton looked equally anguished about having to send home one of the singers, whom American did not save. Adam Levine – whose all-female team performed Monday alongside Usher's group – was so torn that he didn't blurt out his choice until credits were rolling.

So who went home Wednesday night? Keep reading to find out ...



Blake's all-country team was up first – with Justin Blake and The Swon Brothers in the bottom two.

Although Rivers earned rave reviews the previous night, Shelton chose to save the only duo of the season, The Swon Brothers, Colton and Zach. He made his decision "for the sake of just keeping things as different and diverse as I can," he said.

On Team Shakira, Sasha Allen and pop-soul singer Kris Thomas were saved, leaving powerhouse Karina Iglesias and Garrett Gardner, 17, in the bottom two.

Shakira looked sincerely heartbroken, but ultimately chose to save Garder because, as she explained, "I think I can make you improve a lot more."

Team Usher was in the hot seat next – and America saved indie introvert Michelle Chamuel and R&B singer Vedo, leaving Usher to decide between former model Josiah Hawley and Latina pop singer Cathia. He ultimately chose Hawley.

Team Adam's four strong females closed the show, and it was revealed that America saved Judith Hill and country singer Amber Carrington, leaving folk singer Caroline Glaser and Sarah Simmons in the bottom two.

Levine had an incredibly tough time making up his mind because, he said, he loved them both. "Whatever decision I make will not be one that I support," he said, adding later, "This is killing me right now."

As the credits rolled, he finally said he would save Simmons.

The top 12 will compete with a new set of live performances beginning Monday.

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