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Wisconsin man advances to live playoffs on NBC's 'The Voice'

Blake Shelton saved Chris Kroeze and then gave him a big, wet kiss.

A Wisconsin man advanced through the knockout round on NBC's The Voice on Monday night. 

Chris Kroeze of Barron, Wisconsin, advanced with a crowd-pleasing rendition of Cam's "Burning House," but the performance wasn't convincing enough to keep him around without a little drama. 

Kroeze was competing in the knockout round against Michael Lee, and their coach, Blake Shelton, decided to choose the winner by flipping a coin.

Kroeze lost the coin toss but Shelton used one of his saves to keep him alive, and then smacked a wet kiss on his cheek. 

Next up for Kroeze is an appearance in the live playoffs on Monday, Nov. 12, when Kroeze's fate will be left in the hands of the viewers. 

Kroeze recently returned to his hometown of Barron and played for students at elementary schools, including the one attended by Jayme Closs, the 13 year old who has been missing since the deaths of her parents on Oct. 15.

If you don't watch The Voice but are a basketball fan, you might remember Kroeze as the guy who sang the national anthem before the Timberwolves' home opener at Target Center on Oct. 19. 

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