Chevel Shepherd, 12 others still in running for title

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FARMINGTON — Farmington High School junior Chevel Shepherd continues to chase her dream of winning this season's competition on the NBC-TV program "The Voice," becoming one of 13 singers to advance to the next round on tonight's program.

Shepherd — part of the six-member Team Clarkson, which gets its name from its coach, judge Kelly Clarkson — was the first of three of her teammates chosen to advance to the next round, which means they will compete live on the program's Nov. 19 episode.

"Chevel Shepherd, congratulations — you are moving on to next week," host Carson Daly announced as the members of Team Kelly nervously toed a line on stage.

Shepherd broke into a broad smile and rushed across the stage in her gleaming black cowboy boots to hug Clarkson before striding offstage, exchanging low-fives with audience members sitting in the first row.

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Tonight's competition almost halved the number of contestants still in the hunt for first prize on the show, which includes a recording contract. Each of the four teams — named for the coaches/judges, Jennifer Hudson, Blake Shelton, Adam Levine and the aforementioned Clarkson — had six performers advance to tonight's show. Only three artists from each team were chosen to move on to next week's live performances after the results of public voting from their performances on Monday night's episode were tabulated.

One other performer from the program's new "Comeback Stage" competition advanced tonight, leaving 13 singers still in the running for the title.

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Shepherd advanced on the strength of her Monday night showing when she crooned her way through "Grandpa, Tell Me 'Bout the Good Old Days," a Jamie O'Hara-penned tune that was covered by the Judds in 1986. Shepherd now has survived three rounds of competition, drawing an enthusiastic response from the judges and the audience alike each time.

In the process, she assured herself of another appearance on the program next week.

Fans of the program have two ways to help select the winners on future programs. They can download the official "Voice" app at nbc.com/Voiceapp or they can go online to nbc.com/VoiceVote. Later rounds also will offer voting via Apple Music or Xfinity X1.

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Shepherd first appeared on the program on Oct. 1, winning her "Blind Auditions" round with a performance of "If I Die Young" by The Band Perry. She was back on the show on Oct. 22, winning her "Battle Round" competition with a performance of "You Look So Good in Love," a tune written by Glen Ballard, Rory Michael Bourke and Kerry Chater that became a No. 1 hit for country legend George Strait in 1983.

That propelled her to the "Knockout Round," where she was again victorious. From there she was back Monday night in a live competition round. 

 

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