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The Voice continued its "Battle Round" last night, pitting each judge's team members against one another for the right to be judged by America in the finals.

The contestants sang their hearts out and left everything on the floor in an effort to wow Cee Lo Green, Blake Shelton, Adam Levine and Christina Aguilera.

So who survived these winner-take-all sing-offs? Let's break it down:

When Adam paired Angela Wolff and Javier Colon, Angela admitted that she was just excited for the chance to sing alongside Javier, he's that good.

He was. His rendition of "Stand by Me" was almost angelic.

"There is an extremely beautiful girl on stage right now, but all I can do is sit here and go, 'Javier,'" said Blake, who just married Miranda Lambert.

"That makes me feel strange a little bit," Javier joked, to which the country star retorted, "Imagine how I feel!" P.S. Levine obviously chose Javier.

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After its first two episodes earned strong ratings and critical praise, NBC did the logical thing and changed the format and time slot of The Voice completely.

The blind auditions at 9 p.m. were so last week.

The battle rounds began Tuesday night, and in them, each coach pairs two teammates and challenges them to perform a duet, choosing a winner at the end.

Battles will continue until each of the four teams is cut in half. Luckily, the coaches' charisma and the singers' talent again made up for the confusing format. 

The Voice Judges

Team Christina Aguilera: Frenchie Davis vs. Tarralyn Ramsey

The diva started things off with a bang by asking two other divas, Frenchie Davis and Tarralyn Ramsey, to trade verses of "Single Ladies." The tension was palpable.

Tarralyn and Frenchie's rehearsal footage was pretty terrific, as was the resulting performance. Tarralyn appeared to be in the driver's seat here. However ...

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After The Voice premiere captivated 11 million viewers last week, could the NBC series' second episode keep up the momentum as the blind auditions continued?

Despite another confusing twist - because Cee-Lo was the only one to fill his team of eight, a group of initially rejected singers got a second shot - we'd say yes.

If anything, The Voice crammed too much into last night, but if the other option is to drag this proces out and give us 3-4 blind audition episodes, we'll take it.

The rosters are now set as we head into the "battle" portion next week. Here's a look at the four teams and some of the auditions that won spots on them:

Team Christina Aguilera

The Voice: Team Christina

Backup vocalist Cherie Oakley earned a spot covering Miranda Lambert's "Gunpowder and Lead" (Blake Shelton, Miranda's fiancee, did not turn around). Watch:

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The Voice, to hear host Carson Daly tell it, premiered Tuesday on NBC as "a singing competition unlike any other, because it puts vocal ability first."

Sort of.

Before we even get to the musical performances on the series the network hopes will coax you away from American Idol, here's how it works ...

The Voice Judges
  1. Christina Aguilera, Cee Lo Green, Blake Shelton and Adam Levine must each draft eight singers to form a team in the "blind auditions."
  2. The singers come out to wow the coaches, whose backs are turned, with their voices alone. If one of the coaches likes The Voice, then ...
  3. He/she presses a magic button that turns his chair around; if he's the only judge to turn, that vocalist is automatically on his/her team.
  4. If more than one coach presses his button, the vocalist who's being fought over gets to choose which coach he/she wants to work with.
  5. Once each coach has chosen eight singers, he or she personally trains the members of that team to make them better vocalists.
  6. Then comes Round Two, in which each coach is responsible for cutting half the members of his or her team. Gonna be rough.
  7. In its last round, The Voice will start to look a lot more familiar. The 16 remaining singers will perform live. Viewers will vote.
  8. The victor receives $100,000 and a record deal. Yay!

Alright, let's get down to business!

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NBC released a lengthy preview for The Voice - the network's take on American Idol, X-Factor and the like - last night. It's certainly ... well, it's different.

Christina Aguilera, Cee Lo Green, Adam Levine and Blake Shelton are the judges and must pick talent in "blind" auditions where only The Voice counts.

Seriously. Their backs are turned to the performers ...

Interestingly, while the singers aspire to be chosen, the judges are also competing with each other to groom the best and brightest up-and-comers.

On one hand, it's an interesting new spin. On the other, it's seems gimmicky.

It's hard to see this finding a niche in an already saturated market for reality TV music competitions, and the idea that image doesn't matter is debatable.

Maybe we're off base and this will become a HUGE hit, but we have our doubts. Does the preview above make you want to watch Tuesday's premiere? Tell us.

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In the first promo for NBC's The Voice, we simply heard all about how this singing competition would be different from American Idol. Specifically: it will feature blind auditions.

That's right, judges Christina Aguilera, Blake Shelton, Cee Lo Green, and Adam Levine won't actually see contestants that initially try out for the new series, which premieres on April 26. How will this gimmick work? The network gives us an idea below.

In this trailer, we see the panel will utilize their chairs, their ears for talent and their big red buttons:

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The Voice is coming to NBC.

Premiering on April 26, this singing competition will attempt to separate itself from American Idol and The X-Factor via one significant way: judges Christina Aguilera, Blake Shelton, Cee Lo Green, and Adam Levine will listen to the initial set of auditions blindly.

Also, Carson Daly will host! Yes, he's still alive. Check out the first promo for the upcoming series now and then sound off...

Will you tune in for The Voice?

 

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NBC has chosen an unusual time to make the following announcement: Christina Aguilera will join Cee Lo Green and Adam Levine as a judge on The Voice, the network's upcoming response to American Idol.

Just a day after the singer was arrested for being unable to stand up in public, producer Mark Burnett has officially tapped Christina for one of four spots on the judging panel.

The Voice Judge

Christina, Christina, how drunk are you right now?!?

“Christina has a once in a generation talent - her voice is phenomenally distinctive and instantly recognizable,” said Paul Telegdy, Executive Vice President, Alternative Programming, NBC and Universal Media Studios. “Her journey as an artist, who started so young in the music business, will be an inspiration to the talent she coaches on the show.”

The Voice will premiere in the fall and offer $100,000 and a recording contract to the winner. No word yet on what sponsors have been lined up. We hear Christina is pushing for Jack Daniel's.