Voice’s live shows start by silencing one contestant’s voice for 20 seconds

The Voice‘s first season-six live show suffered from a major technical problem during a top 12 contestant’s performance.

About 20 seconds of Kristen Merlin’s performance of “Stay,” below, was inaudible because her microphone failed. She removed the monitor in her ear, thinking that was the problem, but she kept singing anyway, finishing the song with its final word as someone handed her a working mic.

Kristen previously had both her battle round performances condensed into brief recaps, so cue the conspiracy theories.

Kristen was praised by the coaches, particularly by Adam, for her professionalism–i.e., not panicking and freaking out, which could help her with viewer votes. In addition, Yahoo’s Lyndsey Parker suggests that, because downloads of the song count as votes, she might receive more votes when viewers seek out the full version because they didn’t hear it on TV.

However, when an awkward post-show interviewer said she might get a sympathy vote, Kristen quickly added, “which I don’t want.”

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