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The Voice 2012 Knockout Round concluded Tuesday night as Christina and Blake cut their teams in half. Monday night, Cee Lo and Adam did the same. We’ve got a lot to get through, so let’s get right to it.

Devyn Delora vs. Laura Vivas

Devyn, “I Have Nothing.”  First of all, this song has got to stop! Stop showing up on singing competition shows. OK, the song got off to  a slow start, and it finally picked up. But for the most part, the song was just kind of there. She’s a great singer, but she didn’t do anything to this over-done song to make it stand out.

Laura, “I Need To Know.” Laura’s presence is kind of off-putting. She’s a great singer, though, but I think this is one of those that just comes down to personal preference.

My Pick: Devyn. Christina’s Pick: Devyn

Adriana Louise vs. Celica Westbrook

Adriana, “Already Gone.” Her performance came off as weird, angry and whiney at times. It wasn’t a bad performance. She’s a great singer. It was just weird for me.

Celica, “Never Say Never.” What a boring and generic song. I was sure that Celica would have to just not sing in order to lose to Adriana, but I was wrong. This performance was some how worse. Not, bad, just really boring.

My Picl: Adriana. Christina’s Pick: Adriana.

Alessandra Guercio vs. Dez Duron

Alessandra, “Take a Bow.” I like her raspy voice, but the song got off to a pretty awful start. And it never really got anywhere for me.

Dez, “Stuck On You.” I thought the song choice was a bit meh, but Dez has a sweet and tender tone that worked well with this song. The performance was a bit “Glee,” but he still takes this one.

My Pick: Dez. Christina’s Pick: Dez.

Chevonne vs. De’Borah

Chevonne, “Dancing With Myself.” I love the song, but it was probably a weird choice for a singing competition. It was fun to watch and hear, but it did nothing to show us her singing talent.

De’Borah, “You Found Me.” I admit it that I don’t want to like De’Borah. Her Steve Urkel look gets on my nerves. But I have to push aside my fashion prejudices and judge her on her voice. So that being said, I think she did an amazing job with the song. Hands down, she wins this one.

My Pick: De’Borah. Christina’s Pick: De’Borah.

Aquile vs. Sylvia Yacoub

Aquile, “Grenade.” I think his performance was perfect. It was completely effortless and did what that song was meant to do. Which means it wasn’t an absolutely spectacular performance because that song isn’t so seriously intense song. But it was still good. I like this guy.

Sylvia, “Fighter.” Wow, what a risk. Singing one of Xtina’s most difficult songs for her judgment. It sounded great, but it was a little too sound-alike for me. She didn’t take any liberties.

My Pick: Aquile. Christina’s Pick: Sylvia (I couldn’t disagree more with this choice. Bummed).

Gracia Harrison vs. Liz Davis

Gracia, “I Don’t Want To Miss A Thing.” Probably not a good idea to pick a song like this when you’re a country singer and Blake’s a country singer and he’s only going to take one of his country singers to the live shows. Waaan waaan waaaan. She’s a great singer and I think she’s super sweet, but I doubt Blake is going to be convinced.

Liz, “Gun Powder & Lead.” Well, since Liz picked a country song, I guess she wins. Not with me though. I think she’s very talented, but she comes off as cocky and unapproachable on stage. There’s just something about her that I can’t get into. Maybe she needs to show some sort of vulnerability?

My Pick: Gracia. Blake’s Pick: Liz.

Rudy Parris vs. Terry McDermott

Rudy, “Forever.” Something seemed off with his performance but I’m not sure what it was. I love his passion for what he does, but I think he was much better in his previous performances.

Terry, “Maybe I’m Amazed.” Terry won this one with the first few notes. His crystal-clear voice and effortless talent is pretty amazing. Easily, the winner.

My Pick: Terry. Blake’s Pick: Terry

Collin McLoughlin vs. Michaela Paige

Collin, “Breakeven.” Collin’s performance was good. I have no complaints. I mean it wasn’t an existing performance, but it was good. Adequate. Maybe that’s a problem. I mean vocally, it was great. But there was nothing there to make me jump up. And I really like this guy.

Michaela, “Love Is A Battlefield.” OK, I love Pat Benetar, so I thought I was going to love Michaela in this round. Wrong. I found this even more boring than Collin’s. Which is weird. There was just something strange about it.

My Pick: Collin. Blake’s Pick: Michaela.

Julio Cesar Castillo vs. MarissaAnn

Julio, “Somebody To Love.” This performance was SO SO boring. I aged the song and Julio just seemed awkward. I think he’s a great singer, but this might have been the worst performance of the night.

MarissaAnn,” Lady Marmalade.” On the opposite end of the spectrum, I think this was one of the best performances of the night. It’s clear a tough song to sing, but she remained strong and consistent and it was very entertaining. But Blake refuses to let this steals win this round, so she’s out. And that’s a travesty.

My Pick: MarissaAnn. Blake’s Pick: Julio (terrible choice).

Cassadee Pope vs. Suzanna Choffel

Cassadee, “Payphone.” This got off to a bit of an airy and ehhh start, but it finally got somewhere. It almost took too long to get there and rearly lost me, but it picked up.

Suzanna, “Could You Be Loved.” Well this was a fun song and a fun performance. It ended up being one of my favorites, which means the poor girl is doomed. Blake’s making a bunch of horrible choices tonight. So yeah, he does so again.

My Pick: Suzanna. Blake’s Pick: Cassadee.

What did you think of the performances and coaches’ decisions?

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