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With four weeks of blind auditions under our belts, we’ve gotten used to the spinning chairs, new contestants, and judges' catfights. But we'll have to throw all that out the window for tonight's much-anticipated battle rounds.

Though the contestants were excited to join Teams BlakeAdam, Christina, and Cee Lo, they shouldn’t get too chummy with their teammates just yet. In the battle rounds, each coach selects two members of their team to “battle” against one another. 

The two team members must learn the same song (together) and perform it as a duet on stage. The contestants will be trained not just by their coach, but also by celebrity guest mentors

Though last season had only one celebrity mentor per team, Season 2 will have two mentors per judge. 

Team AdamAlanis Morissette and Robin Thicke
Team BlakeMiranda Lambert (is anyone surprised?) and Kelly Clarkson
Team Cee LoNe-Yo and Babyface
Team ChristinaJewel and Lionel Richie

Last season, the mentor and the coach worked with the dueling contestants together, but with two mentors per duo this year, the contestants will be split up and given individual lessons. 

Credit: NBC Photo: Angie Johnson Talks to Cee Lo and Ne-Yo

The two team members then compete on stage singing a duet of the same song. Typically, one contestant takes the first verse, the second contestant follows, and they harmonize at the bridge. 

Their coach is then left to choose the winner and the loser is eliminated. The other judges and mentors can weigh in on the performance, but ultimately, it’s up to the contestants’ judge to make the final call. 

Last season, there was one battle from each team per episode, but with the two-hour Voice extravaganza that NBC has going this season, there could potentially be two battles per episode. 

Viewers don’t have to wait until the following night to find out who will be eliminated (like on American Idol). Each judge makes the decision immediately after the performance. 

In the past, judges have taken different approaches to the pairings. Blake Shelton had some unlikely duos — like last season's country crooner Patrick Thomas and folksy singer Tyler Robinson, for example — which didn’t always make for the best performance, but it seemed to make things easier for Blake when it came time for eliminations. 

Other judges like Cee Lo Green enjoyed pairing compatible contestants together, which made for stronger performances, but tougher decisions. These battles sometimes resulted in the loss of strong competitors when weaker contestants were able to sneak by on other judges’ teams. 

Hopefully this clears a few things up. What are you looking forward to in the battle rounds? Comment below! 


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