She's the youngest performer on The Voice this season, but Jacquie Lee's performance on the second night of live shows Tuesday showed she just might be the one to beat.
The 16-year-old New Jersey high school student on coach Christina Aguilera's team, closed out the evening with an electrifying version of Nina Simone's "I Put a Spell on You."
The jaw-dropping performance awed fellow coach Cee Lo Green, whose team also performed Tuesday, and even left him a little angry.
"Oh my God, Jacquie. Damn," he exclaimed once the roaring crowd quieted down. "That was the absolute best. [It was] like the past and the present and you are most certainly the future."
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.
Christina Aguilera and Adam Levine did something on Tuesday that no Voice judges had ever done before – they stole back singers who they'd previously cut loose in the battle rounds.
Thanks to a new twist, the coaches were each given one steal during this week's knockout rounds – the final hurdle before the live shows kick off next week.
Levine grinned like a schoolboy as he pressed his button for Will Champlin, a young dad whose father is Chicago band member Bill Champlin.
Fans got quite the shakedown on The Voice Monday thanks to an eye-opening, sexy and unexpected hip shake from Jasper, Ala., native Shelbie Z., who turned it up several notches on the show's first evening of knockout rounds.
The hairdresser and beauty-pageant coach not only owned Carrie Underwood's morning-after confessional "Last Name," she also showed real star potential and plenty of attitude, playing with her long blond hair provocatively but letting her growling vocals steal the night for Team Blake.
"So much presence and charm and personality – wow," Cee Lo Green exclaimed, while Christina Aguilera called it "one of the most confident performances in the knockouts I've seen."
The Voice's battle rounds wrapped up Tuesday night with a trio of commanding performances that show the competition is still any singer's game.
The evening kicked off on a patriotic note when coach Cee Lo Green paired military veterans Jonny Gray of Austin, Texas, and Shawn Smith of Utica, N.Y., on "Refugee" by Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers. Green chose the song in part as a nod to their service – rocker Gray, 29, completed a tour of duty for the Air Force, while country singer Smith, 32, served in the Army and lost 80 percent of his hearing in his right ear when he stepped on an improvised explosive device. The pair delivered an impassioned version of the song that caught the attention of all four coaches.
Blake Shelton said he agreed with a female audience member who yelled, "That was hot!" while Adam Levine said, "I believe every single word of what you guys did."
Green ultimately chose to keep Gray, praising his "frenetic" energy onstage. "You become something undeniable," he explained.
The men dominated the second week of battle rounds on The Voice Monday night as rock and pop music took center stage during several powerful duets, including a credible cover of one coach's own hit.
Christina Aguilera had her soulful team members Josh Logan and Michael Lynch perform a rendition of "Harder to Breathe," a 2002 Maroon 5 hit written by frontman Adam Levine for his group's first record. Levine seemed entertained by their confident performance as Cee Lo Green pointed out the similarities to the original.
"You almost sounded identical," Green told Logan, a 33-year-old father from Manchester, N.H., who began singing as a teen alongside his mother, who was a karaoke DJ.
Cee Lo Green could face up to four years in prison after being charged Monday with giving a woman ecstasy.
The Voice mentor, 39, was charged with one felony count of furnishing a controlled substance to an unidentified 33-year-old woman in July 2012, according to a statement issued by the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office.
Green, whose real name is Thomas DeCarlo Callaway, was allegedly dining at a restaurant in downtown L.A. with the woman when he slipped her ecstasy, according to the statement. The two later went back to the woman's hotel room.
Prosecutors declined to file a sexual assault charge against the TV personality, who was originally accused of rape of an intoxicated person. Prosecutors cited insufficient evidence and ask that his bail be set for $30,000.
The Voice contestants brought their A-game to the second night of battle rounds Tuesday. Yet it was coach Cee Lo Green who provided the most drama of the night – thanks to a single button push.
Green firmly hit his button in the final moments of the show to save soul singer Monika Leigh, a Team Blake Shelton member who had just lost her battle against Louisiana father Ray Boudreaux.
The two delivered a powerful version of "Some Kind of Wonderful," but Shelton – who received some help from guest mentor Cher during rehearsals – ultimately chose Boudreaux, 25.
Call them Baby Beyoncés.
Two teenage vocalists tore up the stage diva-style Monday night on The Voice, delivering an impassioned and mature version of Beyoncé's ballad "Listen."
Their youth and sheer talent on the first night of the show's battle rounds brought coach Christina Aguilera to tears.
"If I was up and coming on the scene I would be scared of you guys right now," Aguilera told Houston's Amber Nicole, 17, and San Diego's Timyra-Joi, 15.
It was an evening full of lessons on The Voice – in perseverance and in embracing coach Cee Lo Green's unique brand of quirky flirtation.
In the final night of Season 5's blind auditions, the coaches picked the last singers for their teams. And Green used his soulful charm on Tamara Chauniece, the daughter of two ministers who recorded her first gospel record at 11.
The 23-year-old Texan charmed both Green and Christina Aguilera with a lilting version of Beyonce's "1 + 1."