Making it past The Voice blind auditions is one thing.
Making it past a battle round is another entirely.
Season 4's contestants learned this the hard way against Monday night, as the show's sudden death duets continued to separate contenders from pretenders.
Except when the steal was employed of course.
Who lived to sing another week? Let's find out!
The night's soulful finale, pitting Team Usher's Orlando Dixon against Ryan Innes (above), left no doubt that Season 4 may be the best season yet.
With Bill Withers' "Ain't No Sunshine," the men both won over their coach, but Usher chose Innes, praising his conviction, depth and raw power.
Luckily for Dixon, he had dazzled Adam Levine, who hit his button for the steal as Usher gave him a standing ovation as well. So call that one a tie!
"You are an exceptional talent. I couldn't allow you to walk off this stage," Adam said. "Anybody who wants it that bad always has a chance of winning."
It was not the only steal of the night.
Shakira pitted Luke Edgemon against Monique Abbadie on Lady Gaga's "You and I" for their duet, and their rock synergy made for a terrific effort.
In the end, Shakira chose Abbadie in a bit of a strategic move, not willing to let go of either and noting how in awe the other coaches were of Luke.
Blake was delighted and quickly tried to make a steal, as was Usher, but Edgemon, who said he was thinking strategically too, moved to Team Blake.
The night's other all-male duet saw C. Perkins battle Kris Thomas. Shakira, who eventually picked Thomas as the winner, gave him a narrow edge.
But all was not lost for Perkins. Usher stole him.
Meanwhile, Savannah Berry beat Team Blake's Jacqui Sandell on Little Big Town's "Little White Church," a fitting song choice by the country star.
Then it was quirky duo Midas Whale topping blues rocker Patrick Dodd, who dazzled with a raw display of rasp and heart - and it still wasn't enough.
Finally, won a tight battle for Usher against Jessica Childress, singing Bruno Mars' "Locked Out of Heaven" and breaking down over his late mother.
Which do you think was the best among the battles? Who has the most talent among the singers we've seen so far? Hit the comments and sound off!