updated 04/22/2014 AT 4:00 AM ET
•originally published 04/22/2014 AT 7:15 AM ET
Country singer Kristen Merlin was made fully aware Monday night that The Voice competition is now live.
Performing as one of season 6’s Top 12 finalists, Merlin’s mic dropped out for more than a few seconds, leaving her to continue – and exhibit some admirable “show must go on” professionalism – after she had only delivered a little more than half of a touching and intimate version of Sugarland’s hit “Stay.”
The judges were on their feet and Adam Levine was effusive after Merlin jerked out her ear monitor, took hold of a new mic from a stage manager and continued like nothing went wrong.
“You handled it so gracefully. It was as if nothing happened well done,” Levine praised of the unflappable Team Shakira finalist and the only country artist not on Blake Shelton’s team. “I would have been in a puddle of my own nerves. I would have been crying. I would have had a thumb in my mouth. That was real inspiring to see you be cool – ice water in your veins.”
Performing for Team Adam, Christina Grimmie appeared more competitive than ever as she commanded the Katy Perry hit “Dark Horse.” Her coach said that even though she was covering someone else’s song, “I might as well have been watching the VMAs.”
Shelton called Grimmie the artist to beat on Team Adam, saying, “You are 100 percent proof that dynamite comes in small packages.”