The Voice coaches Adam Levine, Christina Aguilera, Cee Lo Green and Blake Shelton were back to chop their teams in half once again last night.
Yes, the Battle Round is over and the Knockout Round has begun. At times, the format of the show still feels like the focal point and not the singing.
That's not to say the singing is second-rate, however, as the contestants proved last night. It's just that it's hard to really see the artists evolve sometimes.
In a new twist of Season 5, each coach is given one final steal as well. So let's have at it with our rundown of last night's Knockouts / battles / whatever!
UPDATE: The teams are set heading into next week's back-to-back-to-back live shows. Follow the link for a recap of the second half of The Voice knockout round!
Briana Cuoco vs. Shelbie Z. (Team Blake)
Kaley Cuoco’s sister, stolen from Xtina’s team, chose No Doubt’s “Don’t Speak,” but couldn't hold up against Shelbie on Carrie Underwood’s “Last Name.”
Green and Aguilera applauded Shelbie’s charisma as well as her talent, while Blake said she “flat-out out-sings the other” before moving her forward.
Amber Nicole vs. Josh Logan (Team Christina)
The 17-year-old female powerhouse (Jessie J’s “Mamma Knows Best”) and natural rocker (“Living for the City”) made for a clash of the titans Monday.
Aguilera moved forward with Logan, but Green and Shelton went for the knockout steal. Cee Lo uncharacteristically went hard after her, and won.
Steal: Amber, by Cee Lo!
Kat Robichaud vs. Monika Leigh (Team Cee Lo)
The gritty rocker showed her signature sound and stage presence with “You Oughta Know,” and that was enough to overcome Monika's best efforts.
"Hit the Road Jack," indeed.
Holly Henry vs. Nic Hawk (Team Blake)
The indie singer attempted the climactic arc of Radiohead’s “Creep,” but looked overwhelmed. Nick took on Aguilera’s “Genie in a Bottle,” with a unique twist.
“You took a risk with this song ... you revamped it,” said Xtina, echoing Adam’s praise and foreshadowing Shelton’s choice, which seemed clear.
Ashley Dubose vs. Tessanne Chin (Team Adam)
Dubose went for Train’s “Hey Soul Sister” to show her lighter side, while the Jamaican singer found a way to make Kelly Clarkson’s “Stronger” her own.
In a matter of taste, Levine opted for Chin.
Grey vs. James Irwin (Team Adam)
Returning contender Irwin picked out The Script’s “Break Even” to push his upper register, and certainly added major emotional depth to his performance.
However, Grey shone brighter with her storytelling abilities on Kelly Clarkson’s breakup anthem “Already Gone,” and got the nod from her mentor.
Destinee Quinn vs. Olivia Henken (Team Christina)
Destinee dedicated Carrie’s Underwood’s “See You Again” to her family, while Olivia went with “You’re No Good” and was the sharper of the twosome.
Cole Vosbury vs. Jonny Gray (Team Cee Lo)
Vosbury went acoustic with Passenger’s “Let Her Go,” while Gray upped his stage presence on The Beatles’ “We Can Work It Out,” making for a tough call.
While Shelton said he would pick Vosbury, Aguilera said she would pick Gray. Levine said he would try to steal whoever Green didn’t pick, and he did.
Cee Lo took Jonny, while Vosbury had two coaches hit their buttons and ultimately went with Shelton, who said he would help shape who he is as an artist.
Steal: Cole, by Blake!
The Voice knockout rounds continue Tuesday. Which singer did you think did the best job Monday? And do any of them have what it takes to win Season 5?