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Elimination goes the distance
Elimination goes the distance

He was more than 12,000km away but Keith Urban still sent two of his team members packing on The Voice last night.

The coach made his decision to eliminate Jimmy Cupples and Taga Paa via satellite from Los Angeles, where it was 2.30am.

"I hate that I'm not there right now but I feel very, very close to you," he said.

Urban's chair was empty but he watched over the action from a television screen placed at the end of the row of coaches' chairs.

The country music singer committed to performing at the Bayou Country Superfest in the US before signing on for The Voice.

Team Keith members Darren Percival and Brittany Cairns received the most viewer votes, while Urban chose to save Adam Martin and Diana Rouvas.

Gotye's smash hit Somebody That I Used to Know couldn't save Team Joel (Madden) singer Laura Bunting.

The musical theatre actress' rendition of the song didn't even make it into the ARIA charts, where Gotye's song sits at number 43 almost a year after its release.

Team Joel members Sarah De Bono and Lakyn Heperi are through to the next round of the competition after receiving the most votes, and Madden chose to save Ben Hazlewood and Prinnie Stevens. Carmen Smith's early departure from the competition meant only one Team Joel member was eliminated.

After the eliminations the remaining four contestants from Team Delta (Goodrem) and Team Seal returned to the stage to perform.

Guy Sebastian's brother Chris kicked off the performances. He improved dramatically, singing I Can't Stand the Rain, which his coach Seal covered in 2008.

"I covered that song recently and you sang it better than I did," Seal said.

Vision-impaired teenager Rachael Leahcar, from Team Delta, delivered a slightly shaky, but beautiful, version of Someone To Watch Over Me.

But producers saved the best for last. Team Seal's Karise Eden impressed the audience and coaches with Fleetwood Mac's Landslide despite being noticeably nervous.

"You're the only person on this show who could take that song on...I think you're unstoppable," Madden said.

Seal added: "While I thought that tonight wasn't necessarily your best vocal performance... your 50 per cent is better than most people's 80 per cent."

Eden has emerged as the one to beat. Her recording of Nothing's Real But Love from the first week of the live shows is still number 11 in the ARIA charts.

Rather than sit back and let his team do all of the hard work, Seal performed his Grammy-award-winning song Kiss From A Rose with his singers. Goodrem also performed her hit single Born to Try with her team.