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  • Area native Shawn Smith loses in ‘The Voice’ battle round

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  • In “The Voice,” Shawn Smith is a last push kind of guy.
    As one of 12 members of CeeLo Green’s team, Smith rounded out the total 48 contestants when he took the final spot on Oct. 7.
    And Tuesday night — the final night of battles between singers on NBC’s “The Voice” — Smith, a 32-year-old Boonville native, lost in a tough battle against fellow military man Jonny Gray while singing Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers’ “Refugee.”
    None of the three other coaches used their steals on Smith, however, ending his two-episode run on the show.
    Smith’s stage presence, honed on Mohawk Valley stages with bands Showtime and Poor Tim, showed. Judge Christina Aguilera commented, “Big Sexy, you were stomping around there,” calling Smith by his nickname.
    During the taped rehearsals for the battle, Smith said he had trouble with the timing of Petty’s song, commenting that it’s more spoken than sung during the verses.
    Smith and Gray were coached by Green, and advised by R&B artist Miguel. Smith said the talent in the room was “mind blowing.”
    The Twitter-verse, via the hashtag #teambigsexy, conveyed shock and awe that Smith didn’t move on.
    “I thought Shawn had that hands down. Kinda shocked. #TeamBigSexy,” commented @PaulieDiamond.
    Before exiting “The Voice” stage one last time, Smith thanked Green for his support for the military — the judge said he voluntarily went to military school.
    “Thank you for your guidance and your push for the military,” Smith said.
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