The Voice: Adam Levine and Blake Shelton throw their shoes

The shoes came off on Monday as the final 12 contestants performed on The Voice.

New coach Jennifer Hudson previously started the bizarre ritual of taking her shoes off and throwing them onstage after performances she was lost for words over.

As the final 12 performed their first live show of season 13, the new coach was soon joined by long-running coaches Adam Levine and Blake Shelton.

Veteran judge: Adam Levine, who has been a coach on The Voice since 2011, joined the new shoe tossing tradition on Monday as the final 12 performed

Veteran judge: Adam Levine, who has been a coach on The Voice since 2011, joined the new shoe tossing tradition on Monday as the final 12 performed

Adam was first to join in, making a show of taking off his multi-colored sneaker and throwing it onstage after Jennifer lobbed her stiletto at her team member Davon Fleming after his show-stopping performance of Beyonce's Love on Top.

Host Carson Daly explained that the shoe-throwing was 'the ultimate sign of respect and love and admiration.'

But Adam seemed to regret his rash action, running back onstage crying that his sneaker was 'brand new' — and then fearing that Jennifer's show had fallen down a deep hole at the edge of the stage.

Jennifer said that she got permission from Beyonce for them to use the song — shouting out 'Thank you for the song, B!' — and told Davon: 'You represented your own artistry and you made it your own and you took it to a whole other level. That's why you got my show — and I almost broke my nail, too!'

Country star: Blake Shelton, who recently was named People's Sexiest Man Alive, also got in on the act and tossed off his boots

Country star: Blake Shelton, who recently was named People's Sexiest Man Alive, also got in on the act and tossed off his boots

Beyonce song: Davon Fleming performed the Beyonce song Love On Top

Beyonce song: Davon Fleming performed the Beyonce song Love On Top

Ultimate sign: The Voice host Carson Daly said shoe throwing was the ultimate sign of respect

Ultimate sign: The Voice host Carson Daly said shoe throwing was the ultimate sign of respect

The Oscar winner was later ready to throw her shoe at Adam's hopeful Jon Mero, 31, before getting cut-off from commenting because of time restraints, with Adam insisting: 'The shoe says enough.'

But it was when Team Miley's Janice Freeman closed the show with a powerful, soulful version of Brandi Carlile's The Story that Blake threw his country boot onstage to join Jennifer who threw her's once again.

'I threw my boot!' Blake told her when seemingly lost for words of praise. 'I haven't taken my boots off in 10 years, it's been 10 years! That says it all.'

Final performer: Janice Freeman was the final performer and sang The Story by Brandi Carlile

Final performer: Janice Freeman was the final performer and sang The Story by Brandi Carlile

Miley, meanwhile, had shown how her hands were shaking and how she had been in tears, telling Janice: 'You told the story. The story is yours.

'You had my favorite performance of the night. I'm so proud of you,' Miley told her.

Miley earlier called her hopeful 'like if the Foo Fighters' lead singer was Mary J Blige' for her desire to blend soul and alternative music, with cancer-survivor Janice dedicating her performance to her husband Dion who was in the audience.

Golden girl: Miley Cyrus wore a golden gown as the top 12 performed live

Golden girl: wore a golden gown as the top 12 performed live

'I really wouldn't be standing here right now if it wasn't for my husband,' she explained. 'This man makes sure that I have everything that I need. He has taught me what love really is. For my I sang a song that I wrote for my husband. I feel like he deserves another song.'

The live show saw not just the hopefuls competing — but long-term coaching rivals Blake and Adam, too.

Both men had released albums on the same day — Blake's Texoma Shore and Maroon 5's Red Pill Blues — with a bet on who would get the highest chart entry.

The coaches: Adam, Miley, Jennifer Hudson and Blake are judges for season 13 of the NBC show

The coaches: Adam, Miley, Jennifer Hudson and Blake are judges for season 13 of the NBC show

If Blake won, he planned to make Adam call him 'Captain Country' throughout the show.

But as Adam won, with his album number two in the Billboard top 200 to Blake's number four, Blake instead had to call Adam 'The Greatest There Ever Was.'

Blake initially tried to fight the bet, once again referring to his new title as People magazine's Sexiest Man Alive, saying: 'I demand to have the people who counted the votes for Sexiest Man Alive to count the record sales for me.'

Lost bet: Blake lost a bet to Adam and had to refer to him as 'Hey, Greatest That Ever Was'

Lost bet: Blake lost a bet to Adam and had to refer to him as 'Hey, Greatest That Ever Was'

He finally begrudgingly said to Adam: 'Hey, Greatest That Ever Was, can you make me a sandwich?'

Blake managed to get away with only calling him that title once throughout the rest of the show — whereas Adam teased his rival, at one point calling him 'stupid' and saying: 'Sexiest Man Alive my ass.'

Blake, however, appeared to take great delight in constantly reminding everyone about his new title, telling his country hopeful Red Marlow after they hugged: 'That was for you from the Sexiest Man Alive.'

For dad: Red Marlow sang the Shenandoah song The Church On Cumberland Road in honor of his father

For dad: Red Marlow sang the Shenandoah song The Church On Cumberland Road in honor of his father

'It's a close race, but, y'know,' Red joked, asking the band as they burst into giggles: 'What are you laughing at?'

Blake then teased Red after his performance of Shenandoah's The Church On Cumberland Road about how well he moved, telling him: 'It was sexy — and I know a lot about that.'

He insisted: 'You made so many country music fans happy and made a lot of new fans for yourself. What a big night.'

Adam, meanwhile, told Red: 'You don't need to be Blake Shelton to know that was about as real as it gets. And very, very, very authentic, and amazing and powerful and strong.'

But Blake was full of even greater praise for his other contestants, telling Chloe Kohanski: 'I have been sitting in this seat for 13 seasons and I have never heard a more well-rounded voice than that right there.

Chart topper: Chloe Kohanski had the highest charting songs from the Knockout Rounds and sang the Dido hit Thank You that she dedicated to her boyfriend Hunter

Chart topper: Chloe Kohanski had the highest charting songs from the Knockout Rounds and sang the Dido hit Thank You that she dedicated to her boyfriend Hunter

'I'll be damned if you're not a star, Chloe. I am so excited about this.'

Chloe — who has an almost identical barbed wire tattoo as Blake on her arm — also had the highest charting song from the Knockouts in the history of The Voice.

'If I were a record producer I would definitely wanna work with Chloe,' Blake said during rehearsals. 'She could be a star.'

Wire tattoo: The singer had the highest charting song from the Knockouts in the history of The Voice and a barbed wire tattoo just like Blake's

Wire tattoo: The singer had the highest charting song from the Knockouts in the history of The Voice and a barbed wire tattoo just like Blake's

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