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'The Voice' determines remaining Top 16 finalists, completes teams


By Elizabeth Kwiatkowski, 06/01/2011 

The Voice revealed the identities of the final four Top 16 finalists during Tuesday night's broadcast of the new NBC singing competition.

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Lily Elise, an R&B and pop from San Anselmo, CA; Jeff Jenkins, a pop country singer from Freeport, TX; Curtis Grimes, a country singer from Gilmer, TX; and Xenia, a jazz and R&B singer from Temecula, CA, advanced to the competition's live performance rounds after they won their respective "battle" round face-offs against fellow contestants Cherie Oakley, Casey Desmond, Emily Valentine, and Sara Oromchi.

The contestants squared off in the "battle" round face-offs after The Voice coaches Christina Aguilera, Cee Lo Green, Adam Levine, and Blake Shelton each selected two members of their individual singing teams to perform a duet performance that would end with the coach eliminating one of the singers from the competition.

Lily and Cherie, a country singer from Evansville, IN, were matched-up by Christina and required to sing American Idol's first-season winner Kelly Clarkson's "Since U Been Gone."

Adam paired Jeff and Casey, a glam rock singer from Weymouth, MA, and then had them perform a duet of Elton John's "Don't Let the Sun Go Down On Me." 

Curtis and Emily, a rock singer from Los Angeles, CA, were selected by Cee Lo and assigned Lady Antebellum's "Need You Now" for their "battle" round.

Xenia and Sara, a pop singer from San Jose, CA, were paired by Blake and required to perform The Pretenders' "I'll Stand by You."

Tuesday night's The Voice broadcast was the last of the competition's four "battle" round episodes. The initial "battle" round episode featured Vicci Martinez, Patrick Thomas, Casey Weston, and former disqualified American Idol contestant Frenchie Davis advancing to The Voice's live performance shows, which will begin June 7.

The second "battle" round broadcast concluded with Jared Blake, Javier Colon, Beverly McClellan, and Nakia moving on in the competition, while the third week of the "battle" round episodes featured Raquel Castro, Dia Frampton, Devon Barley, Tori and Taylor Thompson advancing to the live performance shows.

All four coaches have determined their final four-person teams now that the "battle" rounds have ended.

Christina's team will be comprised of Lily, Frenchie, Beverly, and Raquel moving forward, while Cee Lo's team will feature Curtis, Nakia, Tori and Taylor, and Vicci. Adam's team will include Jeff, Javier, Casey W., and Casey D. heading into The Voice's performance shows, while Blake's team will consist of Dia, Jared, Patrick, and Xenia.

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