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'The Voice' recap: The best of blind auditions

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The teams get set on Season 7 of "The Voice."

The teams are officially set -- well, at least for now.

For those who might’ve missed any performances during the blind auditions, Tuesday night's episode was a great overview to catch you up to speed. And on Monday night, coaches put away their boxing gloves after recruiting the last few members of their 12-spot team. Honestly, it’s a bit of a toss-up.

Adam might’ve won over some true powerhouse vocalists, like radio talk-show host Regina Love and small-town Alabama singer Shelby Brown. But Blake also has some awe-inspiring contenders, like plane crash survivor Barrett Baber and newlywed acoustic singer Chris Crump.

But let’s not forget that last season’s winner was on Team Pharrell. Pharrell might not be as aggressive as Adam or lead the country mafia like Blake, but don’t let that teddy-bear smile fool you.

If I recall correctly, Blake admitted that Pharrell took home the title last year by “playing it cool.” He’s so humble it almost makes you think he has something up his sleeve. In fact, New York graphic designer Darius Scott and young, soulful singer Siahna Im may be his secret weapons.

For our fierce and spunky coach, Gwen, unique artists like pre-med student Korin Bukowski and artist Kota Wade may also have the potential to take home the crown.

And in case you were wondering who the celebrity advisers are this season, Missy Elliott joins "The voice" to team up with Pharrell, Brad Paisley offers his country music expertise with Blake, Selena Gomez helps strengthen Gwen’s sassy squad and John Fogerty helps Adam prep his artists for next week’s battle rounds.

We only get a glimpse of these mentors in the upcoming episode, but I can tell you this: Elliott is brought to tears, Gomez is left with goosebumps, Paisley offers a unique perspective and Fogerty helps artists turn one of his songs into an epic rendition.

Battle rounds will separate the stars from the artists. Stakes are high and you can feel the intensity rising. If it was heating up before, artists will definitely be on fire when they fight to steal the hearts of their respective judges. Adam claims he has the best team in the history of "The Voice," but we’ll have to wait and see if his artists really have what it takes to out beat the strong competition this season.

Here’s a quick breakdown of the gender ratio among the four teams:

Adam: 4 girls, 7 guys (with an additional set of female, twin performers)

Blake: 4 girls, 8 guys

Gwen: 7 girls, 5 guys

Pharrell: 8 girls, 3 guys (with an additional set of a duo -- newly engaged performers)

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