Country crooner Kristen Merlin had “The Voice” viewers in the palm of her hand, that is until her microphone failed on live TV.

Watch the video of her performance below.


Country singer Kristen Merlin the voice

“I was right there, side stage,” host Carson Daly told TODAY, “and we were all looking at the monitor like, ‘Is it out?’ Sometimes it can go out in the house, but it doesn’t mean it’s out in TV land. By the time I got my mic to take to her, the song was (almost) over.” source

The technical snafu occurred at the worst possible time,  the crescendo of Sugarland’s “Stay” on the season’s first live show Monday. And then the unthinkable happened: Her microphone went dead.