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Facing The Voice's instant elimination round, Cheesa knew she had to make an impression that lasted with coach Cee Lo Green, his fellow panelists, and America.

Her courageous performance of Whitney Houston's "I Have Nothing" did just that.

It earned a standing ovation from Christina Aguilera, who's been surprisingly hard to please at times this season. "That is a beloved song," the coach said.

"Those are huge shoes to fill and you still managed to do you own thing. I loved it."

Do you agree with Christina? Cee Lo did, at least to the point where James Massone got the boot and Cheesa lived to sing another day. Will she survive tonight?

That's up to the viewers of The Voice. The top vote-getter among Cee Lo's remaining three team members will advance, with the coach picking the other semifinalist.

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At least after last week's instant elimination twist was sprung on Xtina and Blake, Adam Levine and Cee Lo Green knew it was coming last night on The Voice.

But that didn't make it any easier.

Their teams performed Monday night on The Voice, going all out with a wide variety of performances that crossed many genres and tugged at heartstrings.

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Team Cee Lo's Jamar Rogers started the night off with a bang, performing "It's My Life" by Bon Jovi. "You are such a strong, such a sweet spirit," coach Cee Lo told Jamar, who is HIV positive. "We can't help but all be inspired by [you]."

Katrina Parker sang "Jar of Hearts" and thrilled the judges by coming out of her shell. "It's like seeing you and hearing you for the first time," Cee Lo said. "You have one of the best voices now," Adam said. "You've evolved so much."

Matthai performed "I'm Like a Bird" by Nelly Furtado, though some didn't think she truly connected. Ditto James Massone on "Just the Way You Are."

Mousketeer Tony Lucca pulled off a rocking version of "... Baby One More Time" by Britney Spears. "That was really smart," Blake Shelton said.

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After Monday's instant elimination shocker, Christina Aguilera and Blake Shelton were forced to cut another team member each last night on The Voice.

On Team Christina, Chris Mann earned the most votes, earning a spot in the final eight and leaving Ashley De La Rosa and Lindsey Pavao to sing for Xtina.

Ashley performed "You & I," while Lindsey tackled "Please Don't Go." It was agonizing, but Aguilera picked Lindsey to advance, sending Ashley packing.

"I really love these two girls a lot. I really believe in you," the "Fighter" singer said before making her decision. "You both are complete superstars."

On Team Blake, Jermaine Paul moved on via America's votes.

That left Erin Willet to sing "Proud Mary" and RaeLynn to perform "If I Die Young." in hopes of winning Shelton's favor, and it appeared both won him over.

Sadly, he couldn't take both along to the final eight.

"I love both of you and we have a bond for different reasons," the country star said, visibly unsettled. "This is way rougher than I thought it would be ... "

As the credits rolled, host Carson Daly practically begged Shelton to make a decision, and only then did he save Erin, sending RaeLynn home in tears.

Next week, Adam Levine and Cee Lo Green's teams face off in what's sure to be another couple of difficult nights for the judges and contestants alike.

Did Christina and Blake make the right choices? Which of the singers who actually survived do you think stands the better chance of winning it all?

Sound off on The Voice in the comments below!

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Christina Aguilera had to make an instant elimination on The Voice Monday, but not before performing her hit "Fighter" with her remaining team members.

The 31-year-old, decked out in a revealing outfit, was joined by her singing proteges Chris Mann, Ashley De La Rosa, Jesse Campbell, and Lindsey Pavao.

And that's not all. Los Angeles' famed Crenshaw High School choir also joined Christina and her team on stage for the performance. Take a look below!

In a surprise move, Aguilera opted to let Jesse Campbell go last night, even after a stirring performance of Beyonce's "Halo" that brought the house down earlier.

Not only did many feel he should have survived last night, but Adam Levine even told him he was a "huge, huge favorite" to win the entire competition.

Guess he didn't impress the one person who mattered. Chris, Ashley and Lindsey learn their fate tonight as America's votes decide who continues on.

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With all the teams narrowed to four singers, Blake Shelton and Christina Aguilera mentored their proteges on The Voice's quarterfinals Monday night ...

... and had to axe one on the spot.

That's right, ANOTHER Voice format change! In an unprecedented twist, both coaches were obligated to immediately eliminate one of their charges.

Tonight, America's votes will determine who else will go home from each team. "I think it's caught us off guard a little bit. ... It sucks," Blake said.

Blake Shelton and Christina Aguilera

From Team Blake, RaeLynn performed a rendition of Jason Aldean's "Country Girl," prompting Shelton to say he was proud and that she kicks ass.

Jermaine Paul was dubbed Christina's "favorite" after his rendition of Phil Collins' "Against All Odds." Blake called this a "turning point" for Paul.

From Aguilera's team, Ashley De La Rosa marked her 18th birthday with a rock version of Jewel's "Foolish Games" that was very well received.

Before they had to make their impossible decisions, Shelton and Aguilera each took the stage to perform with their remaining team members.

Team Christina performed Aguilera's own hit "Fighter," while Team Blake tackled the Eagles' "Heartache Tonight." Then came the hard part ...

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The Voice cut four out of these 12 hopefuls last night in its ever-confusing elimination process, but its second-ever live results show was still lightning quick.

Three members out of six each from Team Adam Levine and Team Cee Lo were voted through to the next round, with the coaches getting an additional pick.

Who were the lucky contestants?

From Team Adam, America chose the following artists: Mathai, Pip and Tony Lucca, who advanced despite Christina Aguilera's best efforts the other night.

That left Kim Yarbrough, Karla Davis and Katrina Parker to sing for their lives.

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Katrina sang "Don't Speak" and was unanimously picked by the judges, including the only one whose opinion mattered in this case, Levine. She moved on.

From Team Cee Lo, Juliet Simms, Jamar Rogers and James Massone were safe. That left Cheesa, Tony Vincent and Erin Martin to sing for Cee Lo's vote.

"My head says Tony," Cee Lo confessed, "but my heart says Cheesa."

Last night's eight join last week's surviving members in the top 16:

Team Blake: Erin Willett, Jermaine Paul, RaeLynn and Jordis Unga. Team Christina: Jesse Campbell, Lindsey Pavao, Chris Mann and Ashley De La Rosa.

Do you agree with this week's eliminations? Sound off below!

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"Mickey Mouse Club" connections only get you so far apparently.

Last night on The Voice, Christina Aguilera offered some less-than-glowing words for the falsetto-singing Tony Lucca, one of Adam Levine's proteges.

After a rendition of "In Your Eyes," Christina called him "one-dimensional," said she thinks there are better voices on the show, and hopes The Voice doesn't become about "celebrity sway" that keeps fan favorites like Tony in the competition.

Adam's response: "Wow. That was honest."

Popular with fans and celebrities alike, Lucca got the support of Justin Timberlake, a MMC alum along with Aguilera and Britney Spears, on Twitter Monday.

Will he survive? He'll have to be one of the top three vote-getters among Adam Levine's six team members - or get Levine to save him with the fourth spot.

Think it'll happen? Tune in tonight to find out.

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After 12 of the top 24 gave it their all last week, The Voice returned for part two of the latest round last night, treating the audience to some great performances.

And a few that were less than great. But so it goes.

With six members of Team Adam Levine and six members of Team Cee Lo Green battling for just four spots apiece, there was a lot on the line Monday.

Let's break down the performances one by one:

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Katrina Parker - "Tonight Tonight" (Team Adam)

Adam thought she did great, but no one will mistake her for Adele, who he so desperately wanted her to break away from. Better than average, not superb.

Cheesa - "Don't Leave Me This Way" (Team Cee Lo)

Cheesa did well, but like Katrina, didn't knock any socks off, and might leave her fate in the hands of the people who perform after. Too many dancers, too.

Tonny Lucca - "In Your Eyes" (Team Adam)

He wasn't that bad, but Christina launched into a rant about how Tony has no versatility and would only get votes because of his personal popularity, etc.

It was quite mean at worst, totally random at best. Adam stuck up for his boy and said Tony made him feel good with the song ... will America agree?

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The Voice cut four out of these 12 hopefuls last night in its ever-confusing elimination process, but its first-ever live results show was lightning quick and first-rate.

Three members out of six each from Team Blake and Team Christina were voted through to the next round by America. Who were the lucky contestants?

Team Blake: Erin Willett, Jermaine Paul, and RaeLynn.

Team Christina: Jesse Campbell, Lindsey Pavao, and Chris Mann.

But wait, there's one more spot up for grabs on each squad, and the singers had to do their thing again to vie for it! So who moved on and who's done?

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From Team Blake, Naia Kete sang "If I Were a Boy," Charlotte Sometimes then turned in a rendition of "Iris," and Jordis Unga finished with "Wild Horses." 

Somewhat surprisingly, all the coaches aligned behind Jordis, and while Blake's voice is the only one that counted, he gave her the final ticket on.

From Team Christina, Ashley de la Rosa did "Paris (Ooh La La)," followed by Sera Hill's "Vision of Love" and Moses Stone's "Breakeven (Falling to Pieces)."

Cee Lo picked Sera, before Adam and Blake quickly chose Ashley. Xtina seemed to waffle over this call, but she kept Ashley in the competition.

So Jordis Unga and Ashley De La Rosa join the Sweet 16. Next week, Team Adam and Team Cee Lo members battling it out for the final eight spots,

Do you agree with this week's eliminations?

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Live shows have finally arrived on The Voice's second season.

Who were your favorite singers from Team Blake and Team Christina on the first night of the Top 24 on The Voice? Who's most likely to go home tonight?

More importantly, how is it even decided who will go home?

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So, America will pick its three favorite contestants, out of six, from each team that got to perform on Monday, and those six will move on to the next round.

The also-rans with one from each team moving on. Christina and Blake will get to pick the one remaining singer on their team to advance to the Top 16.

Confused yet? Nice. Anyway, let's get on to the performances!

Team Blake Shelton

1. Jermaine Paul, "Livin' on a Prayer." A bit over-produced, and not his best, but he was pretty good. The coaches seemed pleased, if not simply wowed.

2. RaeLynn, "Wake Up Call." What she sang vocally was an improvement over her Battle Round effort, but the performance might've been over the top.

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