Blake Shelton

'The Voice' recap: The Top 12 take the stage

'The Voice' recap: The Top 12 take the stage

“The Voice” brought us a few standout Top 12 performances Monday night – as well as some merely solid ones and few (if any) stumbles. From this point on, we were reminded at the outset, there will be neither coach saves nor coach steals. The contestants’ fates will be in our hands alone. Feel the power!

The only task left to coaches Adam Levine, Pharrell Williams, Christina Aguilera and Blake Shelton, then, was to guide their singers as best they could, helping them with song choice and delivery, and to hope for the best. They could also tip the audience off to their own favorites – standing to applaud in some cases and not in others, offering gushy...