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The playoffs wrapped on The Voice Tuesday, cementing the Top 12 as we move on to the live shows next week and ending the coaching phase.

Up until this point, each of the surviving singers have either won two battles and/or enough points from a coach to advance. Now that's all over.

The coaches trimmed their rosters from five to three singers for the live shows, and Tuesday's one-hour episode put Usher's contestants in the hot seat.

Josh Kaufman - It Will Rain (The Voice)
As his coach, Usher, looks on, Josh Kaufman takes his best shot with "It Will Rain."

T.J. Wilkins sang "Tell Me Somethin' Good" by Rufus and Chaka Khan, after Usher taught him a personal favorite technique for imitating instruments.

Melissa Jimenez tackled a stripped-down version of a demanding song in Beyonce's "Halo," soaring on the long notes, but occasionally losing support.

Stevie Jo went with BB King's "The Thrill Is Gone," full of loose blues riffs, raspy moments and falsettos, even if he held some notes for too long.

Bria Kelly picked up a guitar for The Rolling Stones' "Wild Horses," and put forth an emotional performance that while not her best, was strong.

Josh Kaufman dedicated Bruno Mars' "It Will Rain" to his wife, adding a lot of raspy high notes that the original track doesn't have, and earning praise.

Usher then announced that his three picks to advance were ...

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The Voice eliminated four performers between Team Shakira and Team Adam last night, while six moved on to the top 12. Who fell into which group?

Let's break down the performances by team and find out ...

Kristen Merlin of Team Shakira took on Carrie Underwood’s “Two Black Cadillacs” and absolutely killed it. Blake Shelton called it "flawless" ... high praise.

Deja Hall, 16, belted out Jordin Sparks’ “Battlefield” with such ease that Usher said she almost sang above the track and Shakira was proud of her confidence.

Tess Boyer, the only singer to have been coached by three coaches, put forth a rendition of “Human” by Christina Perri that was hauntingly beautiful.

Patrick Thomson, was up next with his take on Ray LaMontagne’s classic “Trouble.” He gave a strong and soulful performance that impressed the coaches.

Dani Moz put a new twist on Lady Gaga’s “Edge of Glory,” giving the coaches goosebumps and bringing at least one of them to tears. But would it be enough?

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The playoffs began on The Voice Tuesday with Team Blake taking the stage. Three singers would move on to the Top 12 live shows, and two would be cut.

He had his work cut out for him, especially when it came down to the final spot. Who'd he pick and whose run has ended? Let's get right to it, shall we?

Sisaundra Lewis - New York State of Mind (The Voice)
With a trip to the live shows on the line, Sisaundra Lewis nails her take on Billy Joel's "New York State of Mind" with an electrifying performance Tuesday.

Sisaundra Lewis' rendition of Billy Joel's iconic ballad “New York State Of Mind” put us in her state of mind, put her into the Top 12. What a powerhouse.

The soulful singer stunned in a beautiful black jumpsuit and had the coaches tripping over one another to see who could praise her more glowingly.

Audra Mclaughlin, who kicked off the evening, was almost as perfect, to the point where Blake told her, “You definitely have the other four sweating it out."

Basically, it looked like the other three would compete for the last spot, which is just how it played out. Who would join those two singers in the live shows?

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After twice the amount of Battle Round performances, The Voice has found its Top 20 here in Season 6 as seven contestants advanced to the playoffs.

With Coldplay frontman Chris Martin offering expertise as guest mentor for all four coaches, the remaining singers sang for their lives Monday night.

See the performances, and The Voice results, below ...

Melissa Jiminez vs. Music Box
The Voice's Melissa Jiminez and Music Box battle it out on "Girl on Fire."

Sultry R&B singer Melissa Jimenez bested Music Box with a dynamic performance of "Girl on Fire," as her coach felt she showed more potential.

PR diva Dani Moz outlasted pop rocker Clarissa Serna on "Perfect," by Pink, as Shakira praised Clarissa's poise, but Dani's register was "insane."  will move on.

Former yodeling cowgirl Kat Perkins took down duo Dawn and Hawkes, with Adam calling Kat one of the most underrated singers of the competition.

Singing garbageman Ryan Whyte Maloney topped classical guitarist Kaleigh Glanton, thanks to Blake opting for Ryan's raw power over Kaleigh's creativity.

Bartender Jake Barker edged nursing student Brittnee Camelle, as simplu just has that quality that makes Adam feel like he needs to hear more.

Bluesy Bria Kelly defeated Madilyn Paige on "I'll Stand By You," with Usher opting to take Bria and leaving Blake to steal Madilyn to finish out his team.

Behold, The Voice Top 20 contestants headed to the live playoffs:

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While it may be good for ratings, not everyone is loving the chemistry between The Voice Season 6 judges.

Shakira's boyfriend Gerard Pique, for example, is reportedly not a fan of the "flirty" interactions between the singer and her co-host, Adam Levine.

“Adam is always touching Shakira,” a source close to the show told Star magazine.

"Gerard is livid."

Shakira's been dating pro soccer player Gerard since 2010. She's spoken before about Pique's "territorial" ways stating that she's no longer allowed to make music videos with men.

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Sisaundra Lewis made The Voice Season 6 Episode 12 her personal something Tuesday night. There aren't words to describe that level of domination.

Watching her take on the formidable Biff Gore in a battle round performance of James Brown's "It's a Man's Man's Man's World" was almost otherworldly.

"All we try to teach anybody on the show is what you just did," Adam Levine said, which sums it up well. This is a performance you've got to see ...

Sisaundra's "sick" register made this an easy call, despite Biff more than holding his own up there. He's just not a "one-in-a-trillion vocalist" like Sisaundra.

Elsewhere, former opera student and lounge singer Ddendyl of Washington, D.C., took on kidney-missing R&B singer Deja Hall of San Antonio.

On "Say Something," Ddendyl was praised for her performance, but Shakira makes her choice based on which singer she's most curious about: Deja.

Shakira also took Kristen Merlin of Hanson, Mass., who sang the Dixie Chicks' "I Can Love You Better" and bested Emily B of Twin Falls, Idaho.

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The Voice welcomed new coach Pharrell Williams and new mentor Chris Martin into the fold Monday, but not even those two could outshine the competition.

In the first-ever round two of the battles (essentially the battles replacing the knockouts this season), six duos went head to head for all the marbles.

Who won, who lost and who was stolen? Let's break it down!

Melissa Jiminez vs. Music Box
The Voice's Melissa Jiminez and Music Box battle it out on "Girl on Fire."

Audra McLaughlin vs. Megan Ruger (Team Blake)

Chris Martin, fresh off his conscious uncoupling with Gwyneth Paltrow, mentored the girls with his talent, genuinely constructive critiques and humor.

In learning that they selected "The Climb," he asked, “Does she twerk in that song?” No Miley Cyrus Twerking in that one, C-Mart. Just pure inspiration.

When it came time for battle, Audra blew away the judges and Blake, despite saying what a tough call it was, said, "I think I can win this thing with Audra.”

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Pharrell Williams has been tapped as a coach for The Voice Season 7 on NBC, the network announced with an appropriately #happy Tweet today.

Pharrell: New Voice Coach!

NBC posted: "Okay, we can OFFICIALLY say it! WE ARE SO #HAPPY to announce PHARRELL WILLIAMS = #NewVoiceCoach for SEASON 7."

Pharrell added, "This is going to be so fun." Adam Levine, who has been a coach on all six seasons thus far, replied "Welcome to the circus dude!"

NBC boss Paul Telegdy added that "he has already made a considerable impact as a mentor, drawing on an impressive track record as both a producer and performer."

"It is a perfect fit for The Voice as we evolve and reach for new heights with this franchise. It feels like we are welcoming an existing family member home."

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Fresh off of his conscious uncoupling with Gwyneth Paltrow, Chris Martin joins NBC's The Voice for the second half of the battle rounds next week.

The Coldplay singer and mentor's simplest advice for the aspiring stars?

Whenever you're in doubt, channel your inner Mick Jagger up there.

The competition is about to get real on all four teams, and sometimes the littlest changes can make the all the differences when you're battling the best.

Martin will advise each of the singers on vocal technique, stage presence and the importance of tailoring songs to their own strengths and personality.

Following the shocking Gwyneth Paltrow-Chris Martin split, he joins fellow Voice Season 6 mentors Jill Scott, The Band Perry, Aloe Blacc and Miranda Lambert.

The Voice used to feature the Knockout Round at this point in the competition, but now The Battles: Round 2 will take its place due to the duets' intense popularity.

After the coaches pick the Top 12 from the battles, we go live April 21, with the contestants competing for viewer votes, along with the Twitter Instant Save.

Excited to see Martin on the show? How are you liking Season 6?

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The Voice Season 6 Episode 10 saw the conclusion of the battle rounds. Well, the first wave at least, 'cause a brand new second round will air next week.

Because what The Voice needed was definitely another format change.

On the heels of the Gwyneth Paltrow-Chris Martin split, the Coldplay singer will anchor round two of the battles Monday. Should be very interesting.

The final three matchups of this week aired last night, along with clips of some others did that not make the cut. Let's break down the latest showdowns:

Cierra Mickens vs. Emily B: 'Brave' (The Voice Battle Round)
Cierra Mickens trades off with Emily B. on a soaring take on Sara Bareilles' "Brave."

Team Shakira's Cierra Mickens vs. Emily B. dud battle on Sara Bareilles' hit "Brave," and Emily B. struggled with dynamics, while Mickens was pitchy.

Yet each showed sufficient vocal stylings and creativity to move on. Shakira chose Emily, leaving Cierra to be rewarded with Usher's final steal.

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