04/01/2013 AT 11:00 PM ET
But there was also heartbreak: Julie Roberts, a gold-record selling country artist who hit fame in 2004 – only to be dropped by her label in 2010 – failed to turn the chairs of any judges in a comeback bid, even as she sang Shelton’s “God Gave Me You.”
“She just kind of fell through the cracks in the business and it’s not fair,” Shelton said of her talents once he saw who had performed his song. “I just feel really bad that I didn’t turn my chair around.”
Roberts, 33, who lost everything she owned in the 2010 Nashville flood and was also diagnosed with MS the same year, took the tough news well. “God just has another path for me and I have to find that,” she said.
Miami’s Monique Abbadie – a child star who appeared on the Spanish-language variety show Sabado Gigante – sang Shakira’s hit “Loca,” winning praises from all of the judges, including Usher and Adam Levine.
“The rhythmic sensibility was so on the money,” Levine said. “It was amazing.” But Abbadie settled on her longtime idol Shakira, who praised her “aggressive” version of the song.
Introverted indie rocker Michelle Chamuel, the lead singer of the Ann Arbor, Mich.-based band Ella Riot, charmed with her nerd-punk version of Perry’s hit “I Kissed A Girl.” Wearing black glasses, sneakers and a blunt bob, the wiry alternative singer fascinated the judges with her unlikely appeal.