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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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In the fourth and final week of The Voice's Battles, there were some mediocre efforts, but by and large, the duets were strong enough to lead to some tough calls.

The Battle Round, as we've discussed, forces aspirants to crank out songs that aren't necessarily in their vocal wheelhouse, putting some at a slight disadvantage. 

Still, that's the name of the game, and from a viewing standpoint, they're hard to beat, as they help showcase both the show's unique talents and A-list coaches.

Which six contestants advanced to the next round, and which six succumbed to the sudden death format? Whose team is strongest as of now? Let's take a look:

James Massone vs. WADE - "True Colors"

In this battle of Team Cee Lo members, James was the tortoise, steady as he goes, coming through even if he didn't dazzle anyone and may not go a lot further.

Wade has much greater power and range, and thus potential, but James made the fewest mistakes (none) and that was good enough to win this Voice battle.

Nicolle Galyon vs. Mathai - "Love Song"

Nicolle's calling card all along her piano playing, and after coach Adam took that out of the equation, she became a lot more generic, and Mathai got the nod.

In a surprising move, Adam revealed how disappointed he was in the duet overall, even though it was his own team, but Mathai was a lock to advance.

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"I wish they would've done that on the show I was from." - Kelly ClarksonThe Voice Logo

In week three of The Voice's Battles, there were some clunkers, but by and large, the duets were so strong that a number of standouts went home by default.

While the Battle Round forces aspirants to belt out songs that aren't necessarily in their wheelhouse, they help showcase both the talent and the A-list coaches.

Watching Blake, Christina, Cee Lo and Blake really get in there and TEACH the singers how to work with each other and the songs is a uniquely cool touch.

There's also the added pressure that only Sudden Death format brings. Even if you bring your best, you could be gone, as we saw in this week's battles ...

Pip vs. Nathan Parrett - "You Know I'm No Good"

This Team Adam matchup was one of the night's best, and despite Nathan coming through big time, fan and judge favorite Pip knocked it out of the park.

The two of these guys sounded excellent together in what was the first of a handful of truly good duets this week, but Pip got the nod from Mr. Levine.

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In a sneak peek at next Monday's episode of The Voice, Gwen Sebastian and Erin Willett step into the battle ring to belt it out all in an effort to survive.

Erin and Gwen have very different voices, which is one of the great things about The Voice's battle rounds, in which they duet in a sudden death song!

Two go in, one comes out, with a spot on Blake Shelton's team at stake. The soundtrack? Pat Benatar's "We Belong." Watch the teaser clip below ...

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As The Voice battle rounds go, Jamie Lono vs. Jamar Rogers was a rout.

Jamie has talent, but "I Want To Know What Love Is" did not suit him. For the first time all night, it seemed like a contestant was overmatched by the song itself.

It's possible Cee Lo Green felt that Jamar was the better singer by any measure and stacked the deck a bit with the song choice. We'll never know, and so be it.

The performance itself was good, as Jamar overpowered Jamie, but Lono at least went out on a high note (pun intended) because he actually sounded decent.

Granted, he felt more like a backup singer to Jamar, but still. Watch:

Who do you think turned in the best performances of the week in Week 2 of the Battle Rounds? Follow the links to watch the rest of last night's showdowns:

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In a Battle Round matchup on The Voice Monday evening, Kim Yarbrough squared off with Whitney Myer, who sounded off at the start, but then really got things going.

She never could compete with Kim's voice or pure stage presence, however, so it looked as though she was done from the start. Such is life in a sudden-death duet.

Kim wasn't too much of an opportunity to really showcase her voice, even, but she did the best with what she had, and the two did sound pretty strong as a pair.

In the end, Adam Levine chose Kim to advance. The right call? Watch:

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In a Battle Round clash of Juliet Simms vs. Sarah Golden, who would Cee-Lo pick?

In a battle of strange costume choices, this would have been a toss-up, but Juliet showed command of the song and rocked out hard from the start on "Stay With Me."

Her gritty performance was just too much for Sarah, who seemed like a weak pop artist in need of serious auto-tune compared to the raw power of her adversary.

Cee-Lo, not surprisingly, gave the nod to Juliet. Agree? Disagree? Watch below:

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Who would Blake Shelton choose in a battle of Charlotte Sometimes vs. Lex Land?

Lex may not have helped her cause in this take on "Pumped Up Kicks." She was trying to be sultry and understated, but that often made her hard to hear.

Never a good sign in a singing competition, or at least in a sudden death duet.

Charlotte's tone, and personality, helped her here conversely. The two did not sound that terrific in tandem and Blake made a seemingly obvious call with her.

Watch the Battle Round performance below and see if you agree with Blake:

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