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'The Voice' recap: Matthew Schuler rules Top 12 power rankings

Matthew Schuler performs "Hallelujah" on Top 12 night

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As “The Voice” finally reached the point where the audience decides who stays and goes, the coaches began their strategizing of how to get votes for their team.

Basically, they used the two strategies all pop music artists use: Do something great or do something you think a lot of people will like. Doing something great doesn’t always guarantee success. But trying to do something because you...

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'The Voice' recap: Matthew Schuler smashes 'Wrecking Ball'

Matthew Schuler performs "Wrecking Ball" during live performances

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It’s nice to see that “The Voice” continues to make tweaks to its formula, even as the season goes on. Instead of mixing up the teams for performance order, as they did Monday night, last night they let each team have its turn, with Team CeeLo taking the first hour and Team Christina taking the second.

Here’s how the night shook out:

TEAM CEELO

Amber Nicole, “Wasting All These...

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'The Voice' recap: Tessanne Chin rules first knockout round

Tessanne Chin advances on the first night of

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The first of the knockout rounds once again shows the importance of picking the right song. Because we’re not at the point where the coaches will veto the singers’ choices, they’re on their own. And that actually turned out to be a bigger problem than you’d expect.

Here’s how the night shook out:

TEAM CHRISTINA: Amber Nicole vs. Josh Logan This battle may have been over as soon as the...

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'The Voice' recap: Preston Puhl rocks final battle round

Barry Black and Preston Puhl perform "I Wish

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The final battle rounds offered a few surprises and sets the stage for the Knockout Rounds next week, as the Top 32 becomes the Top 20 in a hurry. (Carson Daly announced that each coach gets a steal in the Knockout Rounds, meaning that they go into the live shows with five people on their teams.)

Here’s how the final battles shook out:

TEAM CEELO: Jonny Gray vs. Shawn Smith, “Refugee”...

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'The Voice' recap: Will Champlin surprises battle rounds third night

Will Champlin and James Wolpert get feedback from

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The third night of the battle rounds was all about potential. Unlike recent seasons, there’s no front-runner on “The Voice” this year, meaning someone is going to actually take the mentors’ advice and somehow learn to be a star. That should make for good TV.

There were plenty of possibilities in the third round:

TEAM CHRISTINA: Josh Logan vs. Michael Lynch, “Harder to Breathe” In the...

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'The Voice' recap: Tessanne Chin rules first battle round

Donna Allen and Tessanne Chin compete in the

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As “The Voice” finally moves into the battle rounds, it’s time to marvel at how good a TV show it has become.

Sure, winner Cassadee Pope’s post-“Voice” debut may give the show the moderate chart success it has been looking for this week, but really its core strength is now in the rapport between the coaches.

This season has found the original quartet of Blake Shelton, Adam Levine, Cee...

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