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Recap: 'The Voice' semifinal results

Which four singers made it through to the finals?

Chris Mann and Lindsey Pavao on 'The Voice'

One of these two isn't in the finals (and it's not the right one): Chris Mann and Lindsey Pavao on 'The Voice'

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When "The Voice" lets people go, they let people go fast.

Back in the battle rounds it was hard work just to keep track of who was who. But now that the field is down to eight, we've got a clear picture of who deserves to win (*cough*Jamar*cough*).

Tonight is about whittling down the eight semifinalists to four finalists -- one to represent each coach. So let's get to it...

First, a few words from the coaches about saying goodbye to one of their final two hopefuls:

Recap: 'The Voice' semi-final performances

It's down to the wire as Cee-Lo has a tough decision to make and Christina continues ragging on Tony Lucca

Jamar Rogers on 'The Voice'

Team Cee-Lo's Jamar Rogers performs on 'The Voice'

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Carson welcomes us to the live semi-finals, where all eight (yes, all eight!) semi-finalists will sing.

At the end of the show the coaches will score the performances, and those scores are going to be combined with audience votes to determine the final four.

As Christina says, "It's truly go big or go home."

Recap: 'Real Housewives of New Jersey' - 'Poker Face'

Melissa's ballad, Ashlee's goodbye and Joe Giudice's black eye

Melissa and Joe Gorga on 'Real Housewives of New Jersey'

Melissa and Joe Gorga on 'Real Housewives of New Jersey'

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The full ramifications of Teresa's family-bashing cookbook haven't been dealt with yet, but we're not quite at the breaking point.

Everyone is still trying to play nice this week as Jacqueline deals with Ashlee, Melissa hits the recording booth, Kathy finds a X-rated surprise on her teen son's Twitter and... well... Joe Giudice winds up with a black eye.

Review: 'Real Housewives' spinoff 'Don't Be Tardy for the Wedding'

Atlanta's Kim Zolciak steps into the spotlight for a dream wedding

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Kroy Biermann and Kim Zolciak in 'Don't Be Tardy for the Wedding'

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It's been a big year of moving beyond the mothership for the ladies of "Real Housewives of Atlanta." NeNe Leakes landed recurring roles on "Glee" and NBC's comedy pilot (and likely pickup) "The New Normal," Kandi Burruss' making-a-music-star special "The Kandi Factory" has been picked up as a full blown series for Bravo and Kim Zolciak is fronting the first official "Atlanta" spinoff: "Don't Be Tardy for the Wedding."

Chronicling the dramatic events leading up to Zolciak's nuptials last November, "Don't Be Tardy" plays like a slimmed down "Real Housewives" arc and should appeal to "Atlanta" fans as naturally as Bravo's "Bethenny Ever After" capitalized on "Real Housewives of New York" breakout Bethenny Frankel.

Recap: 'The Voice' quarterfinals - Team Adam and Team Cee-Lo

Who got America's save for the semi-finals, and who did the coaches cut?

Cheesa, Jamar, Juliet on 'The Voice'

Cheesa, Jamar Rogers and Juliet Simms represent Team Cee-Lo on 'The Voice'

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With Tony Lucca, Jamar and Juliet looking locked and loaded for next week's semi-finals, there's not much suspense to these second week of quarter-finals results.

The only real questions: Did America save Juliet or Jamar on Team Cee-Lo? And will Adam side with "power" vocals and save Katrina or "quirky" vocals and save Mathai?

Let's get right to it...

Recap: 'Real Housewives of New Jersey' season four premiere

Picking up before last season's reunion left off

Teresa and Joe Giudice on 'Real Housewives of New Jersey'

Teresa and Joe Giudice on 'Real Housewives of New Jersey'

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The last time we saw these housewives they were slugging it out on the third season reunion show.

It was Teresa versus... everyone else. Caroline, Melissa and Kathy still held grudges over Teresa's mudslinging cookbook (and unspecified subsequent events). Relationships had become so strained that Jacqueline couldn't even attend the reunion. But they couldn't "go there" and fill us in on what happened because they were in the midst of shooting season four.

That was quite an advance teaser for what's to come. But first, we'll have to settle for the set up. The season premiere opens four months before that dramatic reunion showdown...

Recap: 'Real Housewives of Atlanta' season four reunion, part 3

This year's reunion went a hour too long

Phaedra Parks Sheree Whitfield on Real Housewives of Atlanta

'Real Housewives of Atlanta' puts a wrap on season four: Phaedra, we love you. Sheree, we'll miss you.

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Did we really need three hours for this year's "Real Housewives of Atlanta" reunion? Based on what happened in the final hour, apparently not.

Some key topics were touched on, including NeNe's new gig on "Glee" and more indecent behavior from Marlo. But most of this either could've been shoved into a supersized second half of the reunion, or saved for online exclusives.

So, what did we learn?

Recap: 'Real Housewives of Atlanta' season four reunion, part 2

Less chaotic second hour tackles Peter, Marlo and Africa

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Kim Zolciak on 'The Real Housewives of Atlanta'

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Yikes. After the epic brawls on Part One of the three-part reunion, this follow-up hour felt like a bunch of childish whining, even before Marlo came out to embarrass herself all over again.

But Andy did finally raise the Africa controversy, with sadly predictable results.

This entire episode was upstaged by Sheree's bombshell announcement this week that she won't be returning for season five. After tonight, it seems like that's for the best.

Recap: 'The Voice' results - Team Christina and Team Blake quarterfinals

Who made it to the semi-finals? And who was sent packing?

The Voice Team Christina

Opera Mann (with Ashley de la Rosa and Lindsey Pavao) reacts to big news for Team Christina

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Carson welcomes us to the really big shew: The Wanted are going to perform with Team Blake, Justin Bieber will world premiere his new video and both Blake and Christina have to boot one more quarter-finalist.

After last night's shocking Instant Elimination of Team Christina's Jesse Campbell, and Team Blake's less shocking (but also less deserved) Instant Elimination of Jordis Unga, what will happen tonight?

Can opera man Chris Mann viva la vida in the competition? Will teenaged toddler without a tiara RaeLynn stomp her way to safety? We'll know soon enough...

Recap: 'The Voice' quarterfinals - Team Blake and Team Christina

Two surprise eliminations close the night

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Christina Aguilera shakes things up on 'The Voice'

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The coaches are down to four contestants apiece, and favorites have started to emerge.

Odds are good that coaches' darling Jesse and darkhorse Lindsey will advance on Team Christina (though I'm still partial to teen rocker Ashley). While Team Blake offers more suspense, though I would guess RaeLynn and either Erin or Jordis are the most likely to move forward this week.

But tonight Christina and Blake each get their own chance to alter the competition: They both have to eliminate one contestant before voting even opens.

Oh, I love it when they force the coaches to be mean! And I'm sincerely glad these decisions aren't left entirely up to America...

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