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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 ...

Ricky Manning - Wrecking Ball (The Voice Knockouts)
Street singer Ricky Manning makes his playoff bid with a take on Miley Cyrus' "Wrecking Ball."

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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The Voice Season 7 Episode 8 saw the Battle Rounds continue as the judges pit their treasure trove of talent against each other with only room for one to advance.

Well, unless the coaches' steal comes into play, that is.

On the previous installment, three defeated singers profiled on The Voice Season 7 Episode 7 ended up being snapped up, which does make some sense.

The show has an incentive to air the best of the battles, which feature two singers with the skills to move on. Yet it takes away from a little bit of the finality.

Would Episode 8 be the same? Let's find out ...

The Voice Season Seven Coaches

Jordy Searcy vs. Taylor Phelan (Team Pharrell): Williams, along with Alicia Keys, focused on coaxing emotional performances in "Breakeven (Falling to Pieces)."

It worked. The only problem was the big decision.

Looking agonized, Pharrell ultimately chose Phelan for "the ambition he sings with, [which was] communicated very well to the audience and the world."

Alessandra Castronovo vs Joe Kirk (Team Adam): Speaking of emoting, Levine asked the two young singers to battle it out on "Stay" by Rihanna.

They delivered when it counted and then some.

In a difficult decision, Levine ultimately chose Castronovo, which left the ousted Kirk, who was nervous and who Blake and Pharrell had praised, crying.

Williams graciously walked him out and shared an exchange that tugged at the heartstrings. "Keep going," Williams said. "If you stop now, then 'no' was right."

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."

Menlik Zergabachew vs. Tony Ritchie (Team Gwen): With husband Gavin Rossdale on board her advisor, Gwen had the two do a reggae version of "Maneater."

Blake declared the result "the best battle of the day as far as I'm concerned," while Stefani said "I wish I could put you guys in a blender and make one person."

The show will keep both. Gwen ultimately chose Ritchie, which prompted both Levine and Williams to quickly hit their buttons to try and steal Zergabachew.

Williams said he loves working with singers who look different than they sound, and ended up with the services of Menlik when the Knockout Round begins.

What did you think of The Voice Season 7 Episode 8? Which singers were the best, and who deserved (or did not deserve) a steal? Discuss in the comments!

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The Voice Season 7 Episode 7 began the fall's epic Battle Rounds with contestants dueling it out for survival, with everything at stake in mano a mano music duels.

Let's break down Monday night's six battles, the victors, the vanquished and the stolen (the judges can grab defeated singers, two apiece, in this round) below ...

The Voice Coaches: Season 7

Sugar Joans vs. Jean Kelley (Team Gwen): They were mostly in tune, but these two girls struggled to harness the gravitas of Destiny's Child's girl power anthem.

Who was the "Survivor" of this battle? Sugar, who delivered a marginally stronger vocal performance. Jean, though was snapped up by Pharrell in a surprise move!

Chris Jamison vs. Jonathan Wyndham (Team Adam): Adam’s decision was an easy one here, as Jonthan wilted on his upper register. Chris moves on.

Taylor John Williams vs. Amanda Lee Peers (Team Gwen): Dolly Parton’s “Jolene” led to a bit of a surprise result as Amanda looked to be the stronger singer.

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On The Voice Season 7 Episode 5, more aspiring singers competed for an elusive spot on Teams Adam, Blake, Gwen and Pharrell as the Blind Auditions ended.

Who made the final cut to advance to the next round?

Matt McAndrew - A Thousand Years (The Voice Audition)
Music teacher Matt McAndrew spins three coaches with his audition song, "A Thousand Years."

Matt McAndrew, who works at a grocery store and teaches voice lessons, showed us why on "A Thousand Years" and ended up on Team Adam as a result!

Brittany Butler, turned heads, and chairs, with her smooth, jazz-infused take on "The Girl From Ipanema" and chose Team Pharrell over a disappointed Gwen.

Ryan Sill took on OneRepublic's hit "Secrets" and watched Gwen and Blake battled it out for his services before choosing his shiny Team Gwen shirt.

Fernanda Bosch, who's just 17, opted for "I Try” by Macy Gray, and it was good enough for two chairs to turn around. She'll be on Team Blake this fall.

Beth Spangler, a radiographer at a hospital, was electric with her performance of "Best Thing I Never Had," earning her pick of coaches and going with Adam!

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Gwen, Pharrell, Adam and Blake were back at it for another evening of spaceship-chair-turning insanity on The Voice Season 7 Episode 4 Tuesday night.

What contestants impressed them enough to land a spot on one of their rosters in this season's fourth Blind Auditions love-fest? Let's take a look, shall we?

Toia Jones - One and Only (The Voice Auditon)
Toia Jones' audition for The Voice, in which she sang "One and Only," was epic.

Toia Jones, with a powerful rendition of “One and Only,” landed on Team Pharrell, and her tone, talent and personality could make her one of the season's gems.

Somehow, this girl was only a two-chair turn, but watch out for this one.

Chris Jamison, whose take on John Mayer's “Gravity” earned him a spot on Team Adam despite Levine's comment that Chris did too much with his voice, was impressive.

He's got a great back story and good looks to go along with talent, too.

Amanda Lee Peers' spin on “Put the Gun Down” won her a shirt from Team Gwen, who was surprisingly the only person to turn around. But it only takes that many.

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On The Voice Season 7 Episode 3, more aspiring singers left their hearts on the stage as they vied for spots on one of the four celebrity coaches' rosters.

The Blind Auditions continued (as we were reminded constantly on screen with the random #BlindsContinue Twitter hashtag) on Monday, with a twist:

One of the contestants was actually blind!

Blessing Offor - Just the Two of Us (The Voice Audition)
Blind since childhood, Blessing Offor can't see that his soulful blind audition, "Just the Two of Us," has all four coaches turned around to see him.

Blessing Offor was a bit uneven through the first two-thirds of “Just the Two of Us,” but his charisma and raw talent got all four chairs to turn.

He was a Blessing to watch on TV, with his positivity as well as his take on the classic song, but he has work to do when he joins Team Pharrell.

Meanwhile Jessie Pitts' rendition of “The Story” earned a spot on Team Gwen, although like Blessing, it's unclear if this is flash in the pan or next level talent.

Ricky Manning, who sang “Love Me Again,” joins Blessing on Team Pharrell, which is quickly becoming the Island of Misfit Toys of aspiring vocalists.

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Forbes released its annual list of the richest rappers in hip hop today, and as usual, the top hip hop artists of the year raked in some serious cash.

In 2014, the doctor was definitely in the house, as Dr. Dre unseated former richest rapper, Puff Daddy, who had previously held down the top spot two years in a row.

Thanks in large part to his deal with Beats headphones, Dre made an astonishing $620 million in the past year, which was enough to make him number one by a huge margin.

Jay Z and Puff tied for second place, with each pulling in $60 mill in earnings. Sure, it's paltry by comparison, but we're sure Jay is still doing plenty of big pimpin' these days. His On the Run tour with wife Beyonce broke worldwide sales record over the summer.

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