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This week on TV: And then there were 40 ...

Posted by Rachel Raczka  October 26, 2012 10:23 AM

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The battle rounds wrapped up on this week's "The Voice," and the season's contestant with a built-in fan base, Jordan Pruit, was surprisingly sent packing by fellow former Disney pop diva, Christina Aguilera. Alexis Marceaux was given the boot from Team Cee Lo after she and Daniel Rosa duked it out with a "cool indie" version of Adam Lambert's "What Do You Want From Me." Team Christina's rendition of "Free Your Mind" was won by Devyn Deloera, but Blake Shelton decided to save/"steal" her dueling duet partner, 15-year-old MarissaAnn. Aguilera also pulled a steal, saving Chevonne, who was dumped from Team Cee Lo, for Avery Wilson. Also going home this week: Brian Scartocci, Brandon Mahone, and Samuel Mouton from Team Adam and Ryan Jirovec and Kelly Crapa from Team Blake.

Whew! Only 40 more contestants to contend with -- what?! Yes, there are 40 left. Next week: the knock-out rounds begin. Five out of 10 on each team will go home ... leaving 20. Slowly but surely, folks, slowly but surely.

"Dancing with the Stars: All-Stars" divulged in guilty pleasures week, dancing to the jams we love to hate and hate to love and just plain love and/or hate. The songs picked by the remaining eight couples ranged on the cheese factor from Celine Dion's "My Heart Will Go On" to "Copacabana" by Barry Manilow, but our favorite moments of the two nights were the team freestyle performances: "Call Me Maybe" and "Gangnam Style." No eliminations this week. Next week: country.

Halloween was less than a week away but NBC got into the spirit early, giving some of their Thursday night comedies a spooky spin. Best costumes of the night? Ann Perkins as Olympian Lolo Jones (does it help that they look scary alike already?) on "Parks and Recreation" and Pam Halpert as Dr. Cinderella and Kevin Malone as Charlie Brown on "The Office." But the night's best moment? (No costumes necessary.) Consider this a spoiler alert: but see above.

Thoughts on this week on TV? Any favorites from "The Voice" or "Dancing with the Stars"? Any shows you want to see us cover next week? Comment here.

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