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'The Voice' final battle rounds: Live blog

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The Voice Live Blog. Christina Aguilera, Cee Lo Green, Blake Shelton and Adam Levine

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After three nail-bitingly tense weeks of battles, it's time for the final round. With 18 acts already through to the live shows, the final 12 will go head-to-head in pairs, with only six making it through to the next round. It's up to coaches Blake Shelton, Adam Levine, Christina Aguilera and Cee Lo Green to decide who will remain on their team - who will they choose?

Join Digital Spy live from 8/7c to find out which superstar hopefuls will be moving on.


21:59Well, that's it - each of the coaches has their teams of six, and next Monday marks the start of the live shows! Join us at 8/7c on April 2 to find out how the competition will play out!

21:57Oh yeah, this is definitely a hard one - both Justin and Tony are amazing and have their own unique take on the track and frankly, I can't decide which is better. If I had to pick, I suppose I'd probably go with Justin, just because he's a bit grittier, but it's very close.

Adam loves the "unbridled, passionate, edgy thing" with Justin's voice, but also loves that Tony was with it the whole time. Still, he picks Justin to move forward. Blake thinks that Tony might seem more versatile, but that Justin had more power and gave a better performance. Christina, however, picks Tony as he is the "whole package".

Cee Lo really struggles with this decision, calling it the hardest one he's made yet in the competition. While he struggles to make a decision, it's Tony who comes out on top and will move on to the live shows.

The Voice S02E04 - Blind Auditions - Tony Vincent

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21:46Tony's mentor as he prepares for the battle is Babyface, who advises him to take what good he has and build upon it since he's already so good. Ne-Yo feels similarly about Justin - this is going to be one tough battle.

21:43Cee Lo's final pairing sees Tony Vincent and Justin Hopkins doing their best at Journey's 'Faithfully'. Great track! The power of both the men's voices brings Cee Lo to tears before rehearsals have really even begun. It's because he's a sensitive artist, remember.

21:36I've got to be honest - this battle is terrible. If it was up to me, neither of them would get through. They're both entirely off-key and tune. Naia tries to take it back in the bridge and seems pretty good, but Jordan's attempt to do the same falls... flat. The whole thing is just... wrong.

Christina thinks that Jordan's performance was "solid" all the way through but picks Naia for her natural flow. Cee Lo agrees that Naia took control of the song, adding that he wishes Jordan had a bit more confidence. It's unanimous, it seems - Adam agrees.

When it comes down to Blake, he admits that he did not expect Naia to be nervous at all and is upset that she missed a few notes. He also praises Jordan for stepping up, but says that there were definite pitch issues. However, he has to make a decision and at the end of the day, Naia is victorious and will be part of the live shows.

The Voice S02E04 - Blind Auditions - Naia Kete

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21:27Kelly Clarkson works with Naia and doesn't get much negative feedback - she's got the notes down and a great approach, but Kelly worries that the bar is set higher for her. Blake even suggests that she keeps her vocal tricks until the end of the performance so that she isn't overshadowed by Jordan. I wouldn't think there's any worry of that at this rate.

21:25Jordan gets help to prepare for his performance from none other than Miranda Lambert. He thinks she's hot, but she thinks he needs to stop being so nervous because being in his head so much is keeping him from getting the song right. She suggests that a lot of the work he needs to do is in his heart and mind rather than anything to do with his actual voice.

21:22Blake's final two contestants Jordan Rager and Naia Kete are singing Jason Mraz's 'I'm Yours'. Seems like a song suited more for Jordan, but anything can happen!

The Voice S02E04 - Blind Auditions - Karla Davis

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21:15The performance itself is okay. Orlando seems to be trying a bit too hard to be Robin Thicke. Karla, however, is a bit more in her element and the song just suits her more - easy like Sunday morning, you might say. Ba-dum-bum-chh.

Blake thinks that no one was a runaway winner, signifying a good battle. He likes the quality of Karla's voice, but thinks Orlando gave a better performance. Christina admits that it was lacklustre and wanted more, though she does pick Karla as the most entertaining. Cee Lo is with Blake, however, and chooses Orlando.

Still, it's Adam's decision. He thinks that Orlando has a really special, unique way about him and also that Karla has begun to blossom in ways that he wasn't sure about. Only one can get through, though, and it's Karla.

21:05Orlando's mentor Robin Thicke seems slightly more helpful - and Orlando actually knows the song. Robin guides him on some of the harder notes and urges him to push himself to make sure he doesn't lose the power of projection.

21:04Karla gets mentored by Alanis Morissette - and actually, now the song has changed to "Easy Like Sunday Morning' since Orlando didn't know the other one. I'm upset. Anyway, Adam advises Karla to embrace Bertha, the "big girl inside [her]" to hit some of the more difficult notes she is capable of. Alanis also seems pleased with Karla, but doesn't say much either way.

21:01Adam's final battle will consist of Karla Davis and Orlando Napier. They'll be singing Hall and Oates' 'Rich Girl' - fantastic track, and one I used to love singing as a kid because I got to say profanity aloud without getting yelled at cos it's part of the song, Mum!

The Voice S02E03 - Blind Auditions - MC Moses Stone - Team Christina

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20:54Cee Lo thinks it was "great" and "cool", admitting that he was shocked by the fact that Moses can sing as well as rap. He also praises his personality and swagger. Cee Lo appreciates The Line's talent, but ultimately chooses Moses. However, Adam goes for The Line, purely based on vocal skills. Blake calls it "weird" but agrees with Adam that The Line should be the one to go through.

Christina insists that a great singer doesn't have to be a powerhouse or over-the-top, and that an artist should be versatile and ready to grow at any time. That being said, it's Moses who will be joining us on the live shows.

20:51On stage, both acts seem to have... gotten their act together, for lack of a better phrase. They're two entirely different artists - and frankly, I'm a bit more drawn to Moses, just because I'm more of a hip-hop than a country fan. Still, he does seem to be sort of screaming this song rather than singing it - I don't think they can hear themselves in there. The Line do their best, as well, but something just seems to be missing. Moses even gets to add in a little rap to show off his skills, and I think it's that part that seals the deal.

20:44Jewel is on hand to help out The Line - she looks... constipated as she watches the duo. She then tells them to make sure they don't sound like a wedding band and wants them to try harder to connect to the true emotion of the track. They manage to pull it together a bit, but it remains to be seen whether or not they can make a real impression.

20:42The next day, Moses gets help from Lionel Richie, but since he's a hip-hop artist, he struggles a bit with singing. Still, his voice is okay, and Christina sees a lot of potential and pushes him to put more power behind his approach. "You've got the voice!" Lionel says of his improvement.

20:39Christina pairs up her last two artists next - it's rapper Moses Stone against country duo The Line. They'll be singing The Rolling Stones' '(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction' - should be quite an interesting battle.

The Voice S02E04 - Blind Auditions - Mathai

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20:33Adam has canned the piano for Nicole's portion of the performance, and her voice sounds... pretty bad, to be honest. I think this is going to be an easy battle for Mathai, who is just great - even if slightly pitchy at moments. Nicole just has no personality - I'd rather watch paint dry. She also lacks range and apparently the ability to hear herself on stage. Yeah, I think this is a done deal.

Blake thinks it comes down to breathing, which Mathai was able to "incorporate" in order to sing out her notes. Christina agrees that Mathai brought the energy and that it's a "no brainer" who wins. Cee Lo thinks that Nicole is generic and leaves a bit to be desired, also picking Mathai.

Adam wasn't happy with the performance in general and thinks it was better in rehearsal. Still, it's obvious that Mathai is the one going through to the next round.

20:23When Mathai works with Alanis Morissette, she is advised not to take the audience for granted with her natural talent. Adam also wants her to stretch the notes out a bit more - and that's his only vocal note because he believes that she doesn't need much coaching at all. "When you're born to do something, it's pretty obvious," Alanis tells her.

20:22The next day, Robin Thicke helps Nicole get into the groove of the track, comparing her voice to "morning coffee". However, he urges her to find the "sweetness" in it and play it up a bit more in order to fight against Mathai. She's also insistent upon playing the piano for part of the track, which Adam tells her is not a priority.

20:21Adam pairs up Nicole Galyon and Sharon Mathai to take on Sara Bareilles' 'Love Song' for the next battle, which should be interesting. Both women are nervous about the other's talents.

20:14Once they hit the stage, James has really managed to pull himself together and gives it his all. WADE has a lot of natural talent, though admittedly I find him a bit bland. James is so unconventional that it makes me want to watch and listen to him a bit more - an opinion which only increases when WADE hits some pretty terrible notes halfway through.

Adam says that his attention was grabbed immediately by James despite the fact that there's "work to be done". Blake agrees, though he thinks both men have great voices. Christina also loves his inflections and characters and chooses James to go forward.

However, it comes down to Cee Lo, who is impressed and blown away by James's newfound confidence. Cee Lo also appreciates WADE's inherent talent and feels torn. He even starts to cry since he's a "sensitive artist" and the song touches him. He eventually chooses James to move forward.

The Voice S02E03 - Blind Auditions - James Massone - Team Cee Lo

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20:07James gets some help before his performance from Ne-Yo. He doesn't have much confidence, though he's advised to "get up out under his nerves" quickly in order to "nail it" during the battle. Meanwhile, WADE impresses his own mentor Babyface with his skill, which the star compares to that of Luther Vandross. Cee Lo himself feels closer to WADE because of the genuine quality in his approach.

20:04For the first pairing tonight, Cee Lo puts James Massone and WADE up against one another to try out Cyndi Lauper's 'True Colours'. James is not really feeling it - particularly because it's "not his style of music", but he'll have to get over that pretty quickly.

20:01It's time for the final battle rounds! There are only 12 contestants left to sing for their lives - will your favourites get through? Should be interesting to see!

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