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The Voice 2012 Knockout Rounds took off on Monday night and Adam Levine and Cee Lo Green were forced to cut their teams in half. That means there are 10 fewer contestants and there’ll be 10 more let go Tuesday night.

Like the Battle Rounds, the coaches put two of their acts against each other. Unlike the Battle Rounds, the singers picked their own songs and sang them separately and not as duets.

Kayla Nevarez vs. Joselyn Rivera

Joselyn, “Love On Top.” This probably wasn’t the best song choice for her. It was just kind of weird and boring. She’s a good singer and handled the song well, but I thought it was just a bit boring.

Kayla, “Shark In The Water.” This was a much better song choice. And Kayla is probably a more interesting and current singer. The overall performance was far more entertaining.

My Pick: Kayla. Adam’s Pick: Joselyn

Joe Kirkland vs. Bryan Keith

Joe, “Mean.” I really like Joe’s voice and energy. This performance wasn’t as strong as his others, but I still really like him and would like to see him remain in the competition.

Bryan, “(Everything I Do) I Do It For You.” This didn’t get off to the best start and the song editing was very strange. I think cutting the song down to fit the allotted time just distracted me. He’s very talented and I like both singers, so this would be tough if it were really up to me.

My Pick: Joe. Adam’s Pick: Bryan

Amanda Brown vs. Michelle Brooks-Thompson

Amanda, “Paris (Oh La La).” This is a sultry song and Amanda gave a sultry performance. She’s a very powerful singer and has a fantastic energy. She is clearly a natural.

Michelle, “Spotlight.” Michelle has a great voice, but there was nothing that really stood out about her performance. She should be singing, for sure. I’m just not sure if this contest is the right outlet for her.

My Pick: Amanda. Adam’s Pick: Amanda

Loren Allred vs. Nicole Nelson

Loren, “You  Know I’m No Good.” Her version of this song was very, very entertaining. She seems to be an effortless singer with great range. A fantastic performance. And that ending. Wow. Well-done.

Nicole, “If I Ain’t Got You.” She loves singing — you can just see it on her face and hear it in her voice. She’s very talented and in any other performance she’d win. But Loren’s show-stopping performance is hands-down the best of the night.

My Pick: Loren. Adam’s Pick: Loren

Melanie Martinez vs. Sam Jones

Melanie, “Bulletproof.” Maybe it’s her hair. Or maybe it’s her weird indy sound. I don’t know what it is, but I just don’t like hearing her sing. I think she seems incredibly sweet and soft, but I don’t like it. It’s just not my thing.

Sam, “Walking in Memphis.” Why did he have to pick this song? I mean, it’s called KNOCKOUT round. So you pick something snoozy like this? I mean he handled it well. I think he’s got one of the best voices in the contest. But I knew right away, it wouldn’t be enough to beat Melanie.

My Pick: Sam. Adam’s Pick: Melanie

Avery Wilson vs. Cody Belew

Avery, “Yeah X3.” First of all, let me say that I hated this pairing because I loved both of these artists. They were probably my two favorite in the entire contest. So them being against each other was sad. That being said, Avery wasn’t as good as he has been. He’s got killer stage presence, but this was not a good song for him. He was shaky and all over the place.

Cody, “Jolene.” Cody took a risk with this song and it paid off. It was smooth and emotional and he really connected to the audience. Cody is a Grade A entertainer. He’s hands-down the winner of this round.

My Pick: Cody. Adam’s Pick: Cody

Mackenzie Bourg vs. Daniel Rosa

Mackenzie, “Call Me Maybe.” Talk about a bold song choice. Mackenzie picked this hit from the summer and put his own spin on and what a spin it was. He’s got a very current sound and he’s so happy when he sings. You can actually hear him smiling when he sings.

Daniel, “Back To December.” Daniel has a great voice, but there was something sad about this performance. I thought it was because he lacked confidence, but everyone else thought he was confident. Maybe I was just picking up on his inner suffering that sometimes makes a great artist. So maybe he was connecting more than I thought.

My Pick: Mackenzie. Cee Lo’s Pick: Mackenzie

Terisa Griffin vs. Trevin Hunte

Terisa, “Saving All My Love For You.” She’s an effortless singer, loaded with talent. But her performance seemed a bit off. She seemed distracted and wasn’t connecting to the audience.

Trevin, “Against All Odds.” Trevin was definitely more connected than Terisa. Both are great singers, but he just barely got the edge here.

My Pick: Trevin. Cee Lo’s Pick: Trevin

Mycle Wastman vs. Nicholas David

Mycle, “Don’t Let The Sun Go Down On Me.” Again, it’s the KNOCKOUT round. Why would you pick such a meh song? I really like Mycle too, but I don’t think this is enough to keep him in the game.

Nicholas, “Put Your Records On.” Already Nicholas is ahead because of his song choice. It was risky and unexpected, especially compared to Mycle’s. Nicholas’ voice isn’t my favorite (he seems to sing out of his nose), but I think he was just more entertaining.

My Pick: Nicholas. Cee Lo’s Pick: Nicholas

Caitlin Michele vs. Diego Val

Caitlin, “Bring Me To Life.” First of all, this song? Eh. I mean, she’s a great singer, but this song is just an odd choice. And then she ended up being an Evanescence sound-alike. So that’s not a great thing. She’s clearly a great singer though. I can’t stress that enough.

Diego, “Are You Gonna Go My Way.” He’s got an energy about him that is hard to match. And he’s a great singer, too. He doesn’t look like someone who would be a singer, but he certainly is. I think he’s crazy talented, but kind of creepy. Or something. There’s something there that makes me uneasy. Ha. But whatever, he can sing.

My Pick: Diego Cee Lo’s Pick: Diego

What did you think of the performances? Who were your favorites?

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