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The Voice Season 7 Episode 18 saw the Top 12 sing for the glory and to advance to the next round as the home stretch of the season begins at last.

There are no more blind auditions, battles, knockouts, or coaches' reprieves.

It all comes down to the votes now, and the contenders who have already risen above the pretenders must reach another level to remain in the competition.

Who's got what it takes and who's likely headed home? Let's find out ...

Matt McAndrew - Take Me to Church (The Voice Top 12)
Matt McAndrew gives his best to Hozier's "Take Me to Church."

Matt McAndrew (Team Adam), "Take Me To Church": Matt brought the house down with this one, thanks to the raw talent of his vocals and the  theatrics as well.

Hands down, the performance of the night in the opinion of many viewers, and even if you preferred others, he cemented his place as a major contender here.

Craig Jamison (Team Adam), "Jealous": The singer's falsetto stole the show and turned what could've been a bland pop cover into much, much more.

Damien (Team Adam), "He Ain't Heavy, He's My Brother": Talk about rounding out the night on a high note (and every note) for Team Adam. Powerful stuff.

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The Voice results are in, and they made for a night of triumph and tears Wednesday night, as only 12 artists survived among the 20 who made it this far.

America's votes saved two members on each team of five singers, which forced each of the four coaches to rescue one more of their three in jeopardy.

So who's in and who's out? Let's break it down by team ...

The Voice Season 7 Top 12

Team Blake saw 15-year-old Reagan James and Craig Wayne Boyd, a Nashville-based father, safe after The Voice Season 7 Episode 15 performances.

That left Shelton to choose between Taylor Brashears, James David Carter and Jessie Pitts for the final spot, and he ultimately opted to save Pitts.

A steal from Team Gwen Stefani, Jessie has been living on the brink for some time, and Shelton chose to take him along at least one more week.

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As genres of entertainment go, reality TV caters to douchebags like no other, which makes the 23 individuals below all the more impressive and loathsome.

Jon Gosselin
Jon Gosselin is one of the most frequent results if you run a Google image search on "reality TV douchebag." True story.

According to the venerable Urban Dictionary, the term "douchebag" is defined as:

  1. An individual who has an over-inflated sense of self worth, compounded by a low level of intelligence, behaving ridiculously with no sense of how moronic he appears.
  2. An individual with a certain combination of obnoxious characteristics related to their attitude, social ineptitude, public behavior, or outward presentation.
  3. A person with a s--tty personality, [usually] a hair-gelling pretty-boy but who can also be a pompous, overzealous or vexatious asshole most people wish were killed in a Mortal Kombat fatality.
  4. Someone who has surpassed the levels of jerk and a--hole, yet not f--ker or motherf--ker.
  5. Justin Bieber.

Yeah. Any or all of the above (sans #5) apply to the individuals we've profiled.

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The Voice Season 7 Episode 16 saw The Live Playoffs continue, with 10 of the 20 surviving contestants giving it their all in hopes of making it to next week.

With the top 20 artists performing Monday and Tuesday, and results announced Wednesday night, the week will end with the field pared down to just 12.

Two artists from each of the four coaches' squads will advance from America's votes, and each coach will select one more to move on to the final dozen.

Make sense? Nice. The Voice Season 7 Episode 15 saw the first 10 aspiring stars perform for all the marbles. Now let's get down to the second group of 10!

Luke Wade - Let's Get It On (The Voice Playoffs)
Luke Wade delivers his own soulful take on Marvin Gaye's "Let's Get It On."

While Adam Levine and Blake Shelton's pupils sang Monday night, Gwen Stefani and Pharrell's teams took the stage Tuesday to vie for spots in the top 12.

Ryan Sill of Team Gwen kicked it off with One Republic's "I Lived." His teammate Bryana Salaz was next, singing 5 Seconds of Summer's' "Amnesia,"

Anita Antoinette took on Meghan Trainor's smash hit "All About That Bass," while Ricky Manning did his Ricky thing on Sam Smith's "Lay Me Down."

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The Voice Season 7 Episode 15 was the start of The Live Playoffs. The Blind Auditions are over. The Battles a thing of the past. The Knockouts a distant memory.

It's time for the cream of the crop to rise as we head into the home stretch!

With the top 20 artists performing Monday and Tuesday, and results announced Wednesday night, the week will end with the field pared down to just 12.

Two artists from each of the four teams will advance from the viewers' votes, and each coach will name one more singer to move on beyond this week.

We clear? Good. Now let's get down to the first 10 performances!

Taylor Brashears - Long Time Gone (The Voice Playoffs)
Taylor Brashears delivers her take on the country classic "Long Time Gone."

Taylor Brashears (Team Blake): “Long Time Gone.” Her take on the Dixie Chicks song never quite hit the mark, or at least its full potential, out of the gate.

Chris Jamison (Team Adam): “Don’t.” His choice of Ed Sheeran's smash hit song gave him an edge, and he handled it with a lot of charisma and skill.

Jessie Pitts (Team Blake): “Holding Out for a Hero.” Jessie changed up this power ballad to make it powerfully and uniquely her own. She looks like a contender.

James David Carter (Team Blake): “Two of a Kind, Workin’ on a Full House.” By far his best performance on the date and likely enough to get through.

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On The Voice Season 7 Episode 13, another group of aspiring singing sensations sought to lay everything on the line and advance to the live playoffs.

Who kept their dreams alive and who's headed home after Monday?

Taylor Swift and Blake Shelton

Allison Bray vs. Taylor Brashears (Team Blake)

Bray's cover of Dixie Chicks' "Sin Wagon" against Brashears' take on Fleetwood Mac's "Landslide" gave Blake a tough call in this country girl showdown.

It came down to preference, as Pharrell said, with Brashears' control and Bray's stage presence both strong. In the end, Shelton picked Brashears.

Winner: Taylor Brashears!

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The Voice Season 7 Episode 12 saw more do-or-die performances as the remaining singers gave it their all on stage, knowing it was either win or go home.

Or at least win or pick up a coach's steal or go home. Close enough.

So who survived to sing another day on NBC and who got KO'd?

Let's break down the Knockout performances from last night ...

Jean Kelley - Chandelier (The Voice Knockouts)
Looking for a ticket to the live shows, Jean Kelley pours herself into Sia's "Chandelier."

Team Gwen Stefani got things started with Troy Ritchie, who covered Andre 3000's "Hey Ya!" and Taylor John Williams who sang Tears For Fears' "Mad World."

Alessandra Castronovo and Mia Pfirrman followed up, with Castronovo on Emeli Sande's "Next To Me," while Pfirrman choosing Christina Perri's "Human."

Elyjuh Rene opted to sing Chris Brown's "With You" and Ricky Manning turned in a rendition of Miley Cyrus' "Wrecking Ball" during the final face-off of the night.

How did they do? Find out below ...

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The Blind Auditions are over. The Battles have come and gone. The Knockout Round is here on The Voice, and there is no longer any margin for error.

It's win or go home. Or at least win or get stolen or go home.

With Taylor Swift on board as mentor, let's break down all the Knockout performances from last night and see who is still in the hunt to be named The Voice:

Voice Season 7 Coaches

DaNica Shirey vs. Katriz Trinidad (Team Pharrell)

DaNica Shirey (“Saving All My Love For You” by Whitney Houston) defeated Katriz Trinidad (“Superwoman” by Alicia Keys) in a little bit of an upset.

Both were terrific out there, and have potential to make it far in this competition. But only one spot remained in the Top 12, and DaNica edged Katriz for it.

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More aspiring singing stars squared off with a spot in the next round at stake on The Voice Season 7 Episode 10, and left their coaches with some tough decisions.

The Knockout Rounds kick off next week, so this was the final night to either move on or go home for these singers who already beat the odds to make it this far.

Beth Spangler vs. Mia Pfirrman (The Voice Battle Round)
Beth Spangler and Mia Pfirrman give their best to a battle duet on Christina Aguilera's "I Turn to You."

Coach Adam Levine had a rough matchup on its hands - in the sense of having to keep only one singer - between Beth Spangler and Mia Pfirrman.

Why pit two four-chair-turners against each other? Because "there's only room for one belter on my team," Adam said, and fair enough ... but can they BELT!

Their powerful performance of "I Turn To You" by Christina Aguilera left all four coaches praising their battle match-up and Gwen licking her chops.

She was the only one with a steal remaining, and you got the distinct feeling that it was about to get used. The only question was on which singer.

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On The Voice Season 7 Episode 9, the Battle Rounds continued for the aspiring singers looking to score big or go home ... or get stolen by another coach.

Let's break down the vocal duels and the results from last night ...

Beth Spangler vs. Mia Pfirrman (The Voice Battle Round)
Beth Spangler and Mia Pfirrman give their best to a battle duet on Christina Aguilera's "I Turn to You."

DaNica Shirey vs. Toia Jones (Team Pharrell): The two performed so well on Beyoncé’s “Halo” that it was no surprise both of them will sing another day.

Toia was stolen by Adam after a truly epic Battle filled with raw emotional intensity that could have gone either way, and fortunately didn't really have to.

Sometimes, when you see ones like this, you know why they try for powerhouse battles, because they really work and both team members ultimately move on.

Ryan Sill vs. Jessie Pitts (Team Gwen): This duet on Ellie Goulding’s “I Need Your Love” gave Ryan the edge, and he advanced to the next round.

Blake’s use of the Steal was a little bit surprising here, although perhaps he did so to ensure one of his favorites a more modest Knockout Round opponent?

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