Stephanie Anne Johnson’s run on “The Voice” came to an end Thursday night. She was one of eight singers sent home on the NBC talent show.
But fellow Washingtonian Austin Jenckes of Duvall moved on to the top 12 after votes from the viewing public were tallied.
All 20 singers performed either Monday or Tuesday night. The public then had a chance to vote on their favorite singers. The two top vote-getters of each of the four teams coached by celebrity judges advanced. Out of the three remaining contestants left on each team, their coach had a chance to save one. Johnson was on pop star Christina Aguilera’s team.
Johnson’s performance of “Georgia on My Mind” on Tuesday’s show was praised by the coaches.
“She has such a unique tonality and she uses interesting inflections in her voice,” Aguilera said.
After Johnson’s performance Tuesday her one-time coach CeeLo Green said her performance gave him mixed emotions. “I’m entertained, I’m amazed, I’m jealous,” Green said. “This is like a whole different version of you that sang so strong and so confident. … You commanded the crowd tonight.”
“You can do it all,” Aguilera said Tuesday and then had Johnson sing some opera to prove it.
Tacoma native Johnson, 29, attended Stadium High School and is a graduate of Pacific Lutheran University. She makes her living by singing on cruise ships.
After Thursday’s broadcast Johnson told The News Tribune that she was excited to be coming home to Tacoma but wasn’t sure where her career would take her.
“I’m a working musician and I’ve been paying my bills with music for the past four years now. Believe me, that’s not going to stop now,” Johnson said.
The singer said she couldn’t have advanced as far as she did on “The Voice” without a lot of help from Tacoma.
“I am totally floored and humbled by the amount of support I got from my hometown,” Johnson said.
The season continues next week with more live performance from the remaining 12 singers.
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