‘The Voice’ Recap: Blake and Christina’s Teams Set the Bar High as the Knockouts Conclude (VIDEO)

'The Voice': Adam & Cee Lo
The two coaches finalize their teams for the live rounds.
Adam Previews The Knockouts
'The Voice' coach previews the new knockout rounds.
With Tuesday’s Knockout round completed, the teams on NBC’s The Voice are now set for live competition.

The second night of this round featured yet again some extraordinarily tough decisions for Blake Shelton and Christina Aguilera as the singers from their teams chose some lofty songs including three contenders taking own the coaches’ very own songs.

Most contenders came out swinging leaving their hearts on the line as their coaches made their final decisions on who should stay and who should. There were many highlights of the night but here are my top five moments for Team Blake and Team Christina.

Whitney Houston revisited. When Terisa Griffin took on the Houston classic “Saving All My Love For You” last night, I had to applaud her gusto to go big and take on such an iconic figure. On Tuesday, Devyn DeLorea did the same choosing “I Have Nothing” for her performance in the Knockout round. The fact that she even chose this song (which I admit is one of my favorites of Houston’s) gave her a couple of extra points over her competitor Laura Vivas. Then she went As DeLorea has now shown she can take on the big voices of Houston and Aguilera (in the blinds), I think she is definitely one to watch for during the live rounds.

De’borah. Ok, i’ll admit it, De’borah is one of my favorites. Her whole performance of The Fray’s “I Found You” was full of so much emotion. It was wonderful. You can literally see and hear everything she feels when she performs and it’s such a pleasure to watch. While I enjoyed Chevonne’s performance of “Dancing With Myself” I’m glad to see De’borah win this one. I also enjoyed just how gracious and awestruck she was after she was chosen to advance.

The girls take on Christina. More than one singer took on the extremely hard task of singing songs by Ms. Aguilera herself and sounded fantastic doing so. Team Christina hopeful Sylvia Yacoub went with the fast-paced and unbelievably tough to sing, “Fighter.” As she said to Christina during rehearsals, “Girl, how do you breathe in this song?” But somehow she managed to pull it off and make it sound amazing. With her ambitious song choice, she beat Aquile (who performed Bruno Mars’ “Grenade”).

MarissaAnn, the former Team Christina contender who was stolen by Blake in the battle rounds also picked a tune by the Your Body singer, “Lady Marmalade.” While she was knocked out by Julio Cesar Castillo’s take on Justin Bieber’s “Somebody to Love”, I thought she showed a ton of spunk and promise in her performance. Given that MarissaAnn is only 15, I wouldn’t be surprised if we saw her on another season or later in the future in the music industry.

“Baby, I’m amazed.” One of the biggest surprises of Tuesday’s Knockout round, for me at least was Terry McDermott. While I knew he obviously had talent, I didn’t really see what the fuss was about. Or perhaps I just hadn’t made a connection with him. However, his performance of “Baby, I’m Amazed” was absolutely fantastic. In fact it may have even been one of my favorite moments of the whole night.

“I’m at a payphone.” Christina wasn’t the only coach who had a contender sing her song Tuesday. Team Blake hopeful Cassadee Pope took on one of Maroon 5’s most recent hits, “Payphone.” While Blake was concerned about whether the changes she made to the tune would pay off, she showed they did. As Adam Levine said, “when you impress the person whose song it is,” you’re usually going to win. It was a tough battle as Blake needed to choose her over music teacher Suzanna Choffel who went laid back with Bob Marley’s “Could You Be Loved.” It was a great performance but like Blake said, it may not have been the best for this competition. And With that Cassadee was the final performer to advance to the live competition.

As the live shows begin next week, here are where the teams stand:

Team Adam: Joselyn Rivera, Bryan Keith, Amanda Brown, Loren Allred, Melanie Martinez
Team Cee Lo: Cody Belew, Trevin Hunte, Diego Val, Nicholas David, MacKenzie Bourg
Team Christina: Devyn DeLorea, Adriana Louise, Dez Duron, De’borah, Sylvia Yacoub
Team Blake: Liz Davis, Terry McDermott, Michaela Paige, Julio Cesar Castillo, Cassadee Pope

Now that the teams are set, who are you pulling for in the live rounds? Who do you think will win The Voice? Sound off in the comments below!

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