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It's episode four of The Voice's blind auditions, with Adam Levine, Cee Lo Green, Christina Aguilera and Blake Shelton back in their red-spinning spaceship chairs yet again.

How much fun is this show?

American Idol likes to tout its star-creating power, and The Voice may not have an answer to that until it produces its own Kelly Clarkson ... or even a Scotty McCreery.

Still, it remains a far more entertaining show in many respects, from the diversity of the vocalists trying out, to the rapport between the judges and the unique format. 

Who got the stars to turn around Monday and joined Teams Adam, Cee Lo, Blake and Xtina? Let's break down the performances of Monday's Voice aspirants, by team:

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Team Adam Levine

Mathai, who covered Adele (never a bad choice nowadays), showed creativity, stage presence and raw vocal talent. Adam was lucky to land this hot commodity.

Adam also snagged Nicolle Galyon, who wants to be the first country music piano girl. She sounds great, despite her obvious problem with nerves. Take a look:

Karla Davis and those two join previous team members Tony Lucca, Kim Yarbrough, Angel Taylor, Pip, Katrina Parker, Chris Cauley and Nathan Parrett.

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All four judges on NBC's hit singing competition series The Voice will return to the NBC hit for a third season that will air in the fall instead of the winter.

Christina Aguilera previously agreed to return for $10 million next season. Now, Cee-Lo Green, Adam Levine and Blake Shelton are back on board too.

All with substantial pay raises, according to those close to the negotiations. Green, Levine and Shelton will see their pay roughly doubled to $6 million.

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Insiders say Levine had been holding out because of a scheduling issue. He and his band, Maroon 5, have an album nearing completion, and tour dates and promotion of the new record had to move to accommodate the show's move to the fall.

It looks like that worked out, though, and not a moment too soon for NBC.

It averages an 8.4 rating/21 share in the crucial 18-49 demographic and 21.3 million viewers overall. It owes that average largely to huge ratings for the Season 2 premiere, debuting after the Super Bowl, but nevertheless, it's a success.

Moving to the fall would have the show, now a mid-season hit, airing at the same time of year as Fox's The X-Factor ... and being a lot more entertaining.

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It's episode three of The Voice's blind auditions, with Adam Levine, Cee Lo Green, Christina Aguilera and Blake Shelton back in their red-spinning seats to evaluate talent.

Actually, they've never left those seats. They're still in the same clothes. Busted! Seriously, this was one marathon audition day if it was chopped up into three episodes.

Anyway, who stood out last night and joined Teams Adam, Cee Lo, Blake and Xtina? Let's break down the performances of some of Monday's top Voice auditions ...

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Katrina Parker (below)

The 34-year-old insurance worker performed "What If God Was One Of Us" by Joan Osbourne. Adam was the only one to show interest. That's enough.

Team: Adam

Pip

The 19-year-old, baby faced Pip (that's his real name), takes pride in his fashion choices ... and his rendition of The Animals' "House of the Rising Sun."

The four coaches court Pip. Christina, quoting her own songs, actually tells Pip, "I am a fighter. And I will fight for your ass!" But alas, Levine wins out.

Team: Adam

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The Voice came back strong in its Season 2 premiere after the Super Bowl and Monday's first two-hour installment of the season offered more of the same.

Adam Levine, Blake Shelton, Cee Lo Green and Christina Aguilera are great. They take this seriously enough to make The Voice competitive but not so much that they forget to have fun, and the Blind Auditions are a hoot as a result.

From Cee Lo's glasses to Adam's prayer-like meditation while focusing on the audition, to Blake accusing the contestants of being "fooled by flash and boobs" (i.e. Christina earning some good prospects), the laughs were aplenty.

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Each coach picked up two more talented team members Monday. Who was the best? Let's get down to business and see who was chosen by which judge/coach ...

Team Christina nabbed the first audition of the night in The Line, a country duo of Hailey and Leland from Nashville who chose Xtina over all three of the others.

Their version of "American Girl" was a four-chair turner:

Christina then scored Lindsey Pavao, who performed "Say Aah." Her unique tone impressed Christina, Cee Lo, and Blake, but Xtina beat them out again:

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The Voice is back, and better than ever.

In the Season 2 premiere, the NBC singing competition showed why it became a big hit last spring - the chemistry of the four judges and the unexpected talent.

For those unfamiliar, the judges turn around, sight unseen, if they like someone trying out. That person then chooses which star he/she wants to coach them.

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Let's get down to business and see who joined Team Christina Aguilera, Team Blake Shelton, Team Cee Lo Green and Team Adam Levine last night ...

Jesse Campbell and his surprising, tragic back story took second fiddle to his rendition of "A Song For You" that caused all four judges to turn around. 

After a funny, borderline racist comment from Cee Lo to Christina, he opted for Team Christina. Watch his performance and the fight for him here:

Later on, Christina also added Chris Mann, who's an opera singer! Who expected him to start singing in Italian on The Voice? Check it out below ...

RaeLynn was the first audition of the night, and was gunning for Team Blake from the start. After all, she sang Miranda Lambert's "Hell on Heels."

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The Voice returns February 5 on NBC, right after the Super Bowl.

Already pulling out all the stops to market its sleeper hit singing competition, the network is filming extended commercials to air ... during its Super Bowl coverage.

That's one way to remind the audience what's on next.

Friday Night Lights creator Peter Berg recently filmed a spot featuring Christina Aguilera, Blake Shelton, Adam Levine, and Cee Lo Green. Here's a pic from it:

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Why watch The Voice when there are a billion other shows like it? One 60-second ad, titled “Vokal Kombat,” plays off an element of The Voice that’s truly unique.

The judges' swivel chairs, which turn to face a contestant during auditions when a judge hears a singer that deserves a shot, are the focal point of the new ads.

If more than one judge turns around to face the stage, they must compete against each other to win over the contestant, which can result in a battle royale.

The Voice will be competing directly against American Idol, which kicks off its 11th season January 22. Is there room for two? Will you watch either? Both?

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Unlike its nemesis on Fox, there's no judging controversy on The Voice. At least not yet.

Adam Levine, Blake Shelton, Christina Aguilera and Cee Lo Green will all return for the competition's second season.

The Voice Judges Panel

"Our fantastic coaches were integral to the tremendous success of The Voice this year and we are thrilled that they are all returning," Paul Telegdy, Executive Vice President of NBC, said in a statement. "We look forward to building season two and making The Voice an even greater experience for fans."

The NBC hit crowned Javier Colon as its first champion this week and will return in January.

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The final four contestants on The Voice took to the stage a total of eight times last night.

We were treated to one original song by Dia, Javier, Beverly and Vicci; along with one duet with their Coach. The praise flowed all night from the judges, but viewers will get the final say.

Did Dia's hip version of "I Won't Back Down" win you over? Or were you instead moved to tears by Beverly and Christina teaming up on a version of "Beautiful?"

Check out all the performances below and don't take too long trying to determine which was best. The winner will be crowned tonight!

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Tuesday night, The Voice top eight performed for a spot in the finals. Christina Aguilera, Adam Levine, Cee Lo Green and Blake Shelton scored their team's singers. Those scores, along with America's votes, determined who advances.

So who got sent home and who's on to the final four?

Before we get to that, the show opened with all eight semifinalists singing a medley of "Freedom" and "Faith" by George Michael. It was pretty great:

On to the good and bad news. Each coach submitted a score, dividing up 100 points between their two members. America's votes were then added in, with equal weight, establishing who advanced and whose dreams ended.

Follow the jump to see who survived ...

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On this week’s episode of The Voice, two of the coaches cut their teams down to size and the remaining eight contenders vied for spots in the finals.

The show also featured lives performance by Blake Shelton and Maroon 5, Adam Levine's band, with Christina Aguilera pitching in on the latter.

Here's Adam and Christina on "Moves Like Jagger" ...

Okay, on to the actual show. Cee Lo Green picked Nakia to go with America's choice, Vicci Martinez to stay. Pretty much no-brainers to advance.

America picked Javier Colon from Adam's side, following his rendition of “Angel” on last week's show. Adam selected Casey Weston to move on.

Eight are left, two from each team. Four will go home next, leaving four in the finals of The Voice. The cream is beginning to rise to the top.

Let's check out ALL of the elite eight's performances ...

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