Oct. 31, 2012 at 10:58 AM ET
And the knockout rounds are already over, folks! On Monday night, fans of "The Voice" watched as coaches Adam Levine and Cee Lo Green eliminated half of their teams, whittling them down to just five contestants who will compete in the live rounds. Tuesday night, it was Christina Aguilera and Blake Shelton's turn to make the tough decisions.
So which artists made it through to the live shows?
The first two to face off were Devyn DeLoera and Laura Vivas. "I want to see who can deliver a powerful performance under pressure," Christina says of the pairing. Devyn decides to take on a doozy of a song: Whitney Houston's "I Have Nothing," while Laura takes on Marc Anthony's "I Need to Know" and shows versatility by singing half the song in Spanish. In the end, Devyn's ambitious song choice won Christina over and she was sent through to the live shows.
Next, Christina pairs Adriana Louise against 16-year-old Celica Westbrook because they are "both powerful pop singers." Adrianna chooses "Already Gone" by Kelly Clarkson to show off her "emotion" and Celica goes with Justin Bieber 's "Never Say Never" because he's in her age range. Christina sends Adrianna through and tells a heartbroken Celica, "Don't hate me!"
Because of their "two different styles," Alessandra Guercio and Dez Duron are pitted against each other. Alessandra takes on Rihanna's "Take a Bow," while the former football star Dez decides to tackle Lionel Richie's "Stuck on You." Christina praises Alessandra's raspy tone and Dez's runs, but chooses to keep Dez on her team. (The ladies in the crowd seem very happy with her choice.)
Christina decides to go for a "fun" matchup by pairing Chevonne and De'Borah together. Chevonne chooses "Dancing With Myself" to celebrate how far she's come in the competition, while De'Borah picks "You Found Me" by The Fray because she can really relate to the song. Christina sends De'Borah through to the live shows. "I love Christina so much. I'm grateful that she chose me," De'Borah says. Chevonne ignores Cee Lo's numerous "byes"
Aquile and Sylvia Yacoub are Christina's final two performers of the knockout rounds, with Aquile choosing "Grenade" and Sylvia decides to choose one of her coach's most popular tunes "Fighter." "That's hard to do," Christina tells her during rehearsals. In the end, Christina keeps Sylvia, which completes her team for the live rounds. "I've got five amazing people on my team and they're going to rock," Christina says.
(Sidenote: How hilarious was Adam's Randy Jackson joke during Cee Lo's critique of their performances? "Who's Randy Jackson?" Blake asks and Cee Lo jokes that he's "Michael Jackson's brother." LOL.)
For his first battle of the night, Blake pairs Gracia Harrison and Liz Davis as they are both country singers and he doesn't want to "split the vote" once the show gets to the live rounds. Gracia chooses "I Don't Want to Miss a Thing" by Aerosmith to show her versatility and Liz picks one of Blake's wife Miranda Lambert's biggest hits "Gunpowder and Lead" because it's a lot like her personality (aka "edgy"). Blake was "confused" by Gracia's song choice, so he goes with Liz as the winner.
Rudy Parris and Terry McDermott are the next two contestants to face off as they are both rockers and Blake is looking for a well-rounded team filled with artists from different genres. Rudy goes with Chris Brown's "Forever," which Blake cautions might be too young for the grandfather. Terry goes with a song he covered with his band a lot: "Maybe I'm Amazed" by Paul McCartney. All three coaches prefer Terry and Blake agrees, saying the Scottish rocker knows exactly the artist he wants to be and sends him through to the live shows.
The country crooner pairs former Team Adam member Colin McLoughlin with 16-year-old Michaela Paige because "they both have great command of their tone and pitch." Colin picks "Breakeven" by The Script, while Michaela channels her inner-rocker with "Love Is a Battlefield." "It comes down to what I'm into the most," Blake says after their performances before going with Michaela. "I love this little girl so much," he explains.
Julio Cesar Castillo, who sings Bieber's "Somebody to Love," is pitted against 15-year-old MarissaAnn, who decides to tackle "Lady Marmalade," which features her former coach Christina. While both performances left us underwhelmed, Blake praises both singers, but goes with Julio as the winner.
In the final knockout battle, Suzanna Choffel takes on former Hey Monday lead singer Cassadee Pope. Cassadee decides to sing "Payphone," one of Adam's band Maroon 5's songs, because it's the perfect range for her and she loves the song. Suzanna takes a risk and picks Bob Marley's "Could You Be Loved." Adam is impressed by Cassadee's take on his hit song and Blake is also impressed, citing Suzanne's "song choice" as her undoing. "I really think we have the most diverse team," Blake says. "I really think I could win this thing again, I do."
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