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Mark Burnett's singing competition takes away everything about music... except the voice.

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Host Carson Daly
Coaches Adam Levine
Usher Raymond IV
Blake Shelton
Correspondent Christina Milian
Creator John de Mol & Roel van Veltzen (based upon "The Voice of Holland")
EP John de Mol
Mark Burnett
Audrey Morrissey
Stijn Bakkers
Lee Metzger
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Live Playoffs Round of 16 Part 2
May 7

The votes are recorded for TWO teams, and they will learn their fate tomorrow. Meanwhile, Team Blake and Team Shakira are going to take the stage in a bid for your votes.

Amber Carrington
Caroline Glaser

Judith Hill
Sarah Simmons
Sasha Allen
Garrett Gardner
Karina Iglesias
Kris Thomas
Michelle Chamuel
Josiah Hawley
Danielle Bradbery
Justin Rivers
The Swon Brothers
Holly Tucker

The top two from each team will automatically advance, while the third person on each team will be picked by their coach. All of the performances are stripped down versions available for download on iTunes, and each download will count towards the total vote count. The survivors will play in the Round of 12.

First up... Blake is loosening up his team at... a karaoke bar. You haven't heard music until you've heard Blake do John Fogarty's "Centerfold". And you haven't heard Team Blake until you've heard them sing "Boondocks" by Little Big Town.

We begin the individual competition with Garrett Gardner from Team Shakira. Growing up in New Jersey, he was a drummer. Tonight, he's a singer, not only that, he's a second-chance story. Tonight, he'll bring that experience to the fold with "Imagine" by John Lennon.

THEY SAY: Adam does like to see a completely different side of him, even though it was hard to judge a song he likes so much. Blake saw a beast come out of him. Usher namedrops Rick Fox. Shakira is very proud of her protégé.

WE SAY: Not until the second verse does Garrett really get into it, transforming a peaceful albeit idealistic song into a rock anthem. He made it his own and made it relevant.

The Marching Bear Holly Tucker from Team Blake is getting to know who she is as an artist. She doesn't fit the mold, but she breaks it. She's beautiful inside AND out, and hopefully this song can match that beauty. It's "How Do I Live" by LeAnn Rimes.

THEY SAY: Usher likes Holly's take-charge approach. Shakira thought it was beautiful. Adam thinks she's more talented and more beautiful than Blake, who can't stop shouting his praises.

WE SAY: Sharp. But a good ending.

Team Shakira's back on stage with Kris Thomas, who is taking advantage of his unique tone, embracing it and using it to his benefit. His voice should fit nicely with the #1 hit from Bruno Mars, "When I Was Your Man".

THEY SAY: Adam felt that Kris was tense and nervous. Blake likes that he's getting nervous, because it draws in the innate ability. Usher thought it was incredible. Shakira had goosebumps, calling him amazing and a great person.

WE SAY: Didn't really need to do anything superfluous with the song, and in one moment, it didn't even mesh with the tune. Other than that, good.

Up now for Team Blake, The Swon Brothers, the only duo remaining in the competition. The tight knit Oklahoma family band goes "Fishin' in the Dark" by the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band. They have an innate chemistry, but can they translate that into a winning performance? Because when you have a duo, you both have to be on point, or else you're both going home.

THEY SAY: Usher thought it was fun. Shakira thought it was easy and comfortable. Adam thought it was so Buh-LAKE. Blake saw everything he drilled into his brothers, calling their country song "badass".

WE SAY: It looks like Colton is trying to be the star of the group. Hey, someone's gotta be the alpha. Good presence and good harmony.

HALFTIME! Time to take a break from the coaching action to see a first... a Latin pop princess and a we-get-it-you're-country boy. Together. On stage. For a song. The song: "Need You Now."

Back to action with a Miami music teacher that Shakira stole from Adam, Karina Iglesias. Tonight, she's showing off her soulful side with the Tina Turner version of Al Green's, "Let's Stay Together." She's dedicating the song to... her coach. Because she wants to say together.

THEY SAY: Adam regrets letting Karina go. Shakira says she left everything on the stage.

WE SAY: It starts flat. It continues in one dynamic level... loud.

Justin Rivers, pecked by his wife, went from Christian music to country music. He's singing for her and her child that's on the way. Tonight, he's singing "Meet in the Middle" by Diamond Rio. He has a progressive sound, but Blake's trying to squash that nonsense. But that makes him unique in his team.

THEY SAY: Usher thought it was "freakin' cool". Shakira agrees, calling it refreshing. Adam likes that Justin's a genuine threat to Blake's career. Blake loves watching Justin do some impromptu on stage, from vibing with the crowd to yanking his ear monitor out.

WE SAY: He's got a nice little enunciation to him, making him sound like no country singer currently available on the radio.

Next up, Shakira wanted to see her team connect on stage, so they're on stage... with Shakira's choreographer Hi-Hat. They have to own the stage as a team, especially if they're going to sing Queen's "We Are The Champions".

Next up, the youngest competitor still in the game, aspiring country artist Danielle Bradbery. She's a really big fan of Blake's, so she's a little bit starstruck (that, and she's only performed three times in her life... all on this show. She's gearing up for #4, "Maybe It Was Memphis" by Pam Tillis.

THEY SAY: Usher notes how comfortable she appears on stage. Shakira quotes Blake: "Holy.... crap." Adam thinks she's one of the ones to beat. Blake compliments her on bringing a country standard to a new generation. Going on record, he says that Danielle is one of the most important artists on this show EVER.

WE SAY: She actually did a lot better during rehearsal. But she has stage presence and audience connection to fall back upon, and America's in love with her story, and she sounds like someone with twice the years and infinitely more experience, so there's something.

We're going to close the night out with our version of Sasha Fierce, Sasha Allen. The New York mother-of-two is hoping to go to the next level... from background singer to four-chair turn to a spot in the top 12 with... "Oh Darling" by the Beatles.

THEY SAY: Adam thinks that Sasha can win this thing. Blake: "Ha ha! Adam gave her up!" The world is in love with her. Usher: "So you gave her UP?" Shakira? She thanks Sasha for that moment, where she thinks she has heard the best voice ever.

WE SAY: She's got a bit of hip on that song. If anyone can beat the likes of Judith and Danielle, she could be the one.

Sasha and Danielle have nothing to worry about. They're going nowhere. Karina... should be worried. As for the rest of Blake's country field... it's a tossup. Only one way to decide who gets into the top 12 and who doesn't.

To see this episode in its entirety, or to find out how you can be a contestant, go to nbcthevoice.com.