The Voice has quickly become a new contender for best singing competition on television, and last night it showed why: its Battle Rounds were both entertaining and efficient, in ways that American Idol once was and probably never will be again.

Here are video highlights from Monday night’s The Voice:

And here’s more on The Voice‘s second season:

Each judge (Christina Aguilera, Adam Levine, Cee Lo and Blake Shelton) had to pick two members of their team to duet-battle as the first of the battle rounds kicked off, and while some of the competitors were impressive, it was mostly underwhelming.

In ways that American Idol can’t compete with, The Voice contestants had to outdo their “teammate” while at the same time making that same competitor look good. It’s a competition that brings out the best and the worst in each competitors’ talents, but ultimately doesn’t show us much because it is an individual competition.

That said, it’s an exciting time for The Voice, which premiered its second season on NBC immediately after the New York Giants defeated the New England Patriots in Super Bowl XLVI to win their second title in five years.

Here’s more on the first battle round of The Voice‘s second season from HuffPo:

Although we were eager to move onto the Battle Rounds on “The Voice” to allow the judges to have a change of clothes for the first time in more than a TV month, we kind of which Christina Aguilera had changed into something other than a bedazzled plate. Alas, you can never have it all, which is the theme of tonight’s episode.

In the Battle Round episodes — the first of four of which aired on Mon., March 5 — the judges are forced to pit two members of their own team against each other. The two hopefuls will then duet — after some coaching and advising from their mentor and his/her friends — and the judge will have to decide who moves on and who heads home.

It’s an emotional ride for all parties involved and produces some amazing tracks (i.e. Vicci Martinez and Niki Dawson’s rendition of Pink’s “F—–‘ Perfect” on Season 1), but the first installment of Season 2’s battle rounds was a little bit disappointing.