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Minnesota nanny Kat Perkins rocks way to top 20 on 'The Voice'


The Edina nanny from Scranton, North Dakota will get to continue on her national road to stardom.

Kat Perkins earned a spot in the top 20 of NBC's singing competition "The Voice" Monday night, taking down the duo Dawn and Hawkes in the second battle round.

Both the 33-year-old Perkins and her opponent sang "Suddenly I See" by KT Tunstall.

Watch Perkins' performance, along with the judges' critiques, below.

Usher said there were a few difficult moments in Perkins' performance, but said her "spirit was there," and said he leaned toward her. Shakira called Perkins "engaging" from the beginning, saying she looked like a star. And Blake Shelton said he was blown away by Perkins.

The choice though came down to Adam Levine, who had both Perkins and Dawn and Hawkes on his team. The Marron 5 frontman said Dawn and Hawkes did "a fantastic job," but called Perkins "one of the most underrated singers" on the show and said she stepped up.

Levine then picked the hard rocker Perkins as the winner, putting her into the live playoffs round.

TVLine ranked Perkins as the second most-promising winner from Monday's episode, saying Perkins "stalked the stage" looking like a main act, and vocally came out as the "decisive winner."

"Now, all we have to do is hope Adam [Levine] doesn’t keep Kat’s inner rock goddess in the same cage where Cee Lo’s stage cat and parrot are currently residing," the recapper writes.

Perkins used Twitter to respond to and thank fans who tweeted at her.

She joins Christina Grimmie, Delvin Choice, Jake Barker and Morgan Wallen as finalists on Team Adam, zap2it writes. You can see a list of the other 15 finalists at that site as well.

Perkins grew up on a farm in North Dakota where she was part of a country western review show and traveled the country as a yodeling cowgirl. In 2003, she made the switch to rock music, and at one time her band opened for Bon Jovi. She ended up leaving the music business for awhile and now works as a nanny for an Edina family. She currently lives in Minneapolis.

This is her first time going solo, according to her bio on “The Voice” website. During the blind auditions, she wowed the coaches with a rendition of Fleetwood Mac’s “Gold Dust Woman.”

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