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Minnesota nanny rocker makes top 12 on 'The Voice'

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A Minnesota nanny's dramatic rendition of Journey's "Open Arms" earned her a spot in the final 12 on NBC's singing competition "The Voice."

Kat Perkins, 33, who left her job as a nanny for an Edina family to be on the show, was picked last by Maroon 5 frontman Adam Levine in the final minutes of Monday's playoff round.

“There has not been a better performance than this one," Levine said.

The coaches' praised Perkins performance. Usher told her, “You should be very, very proud of yourself.” Shakira added, “You’re so good with those big notes," according to the Star Tribune.

Her version of the 1981 power ballad is now available as an iTunes download. She dedicated the ballad to her father, Mark, WDAY says.

On Tuesday night, the playoff rounds will come to an end as the remaining three spots in the top 12 are filled. Next week, Perkins will perform live on the show and viewers will get to vote on who stays and who goes, KARE 11 says.

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.”

The Voice airs Mondays and Tuesdays at 7 p.m. on NBC.

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