Many Kentucky children grow up dreaming of making The Final Four.
Harlan County’s Jordan Smith accomplished that goal Tuesday night, in singing, when he was the first competitor announced to advance to the Final Four on NBC’s singing competition The Voice. He was later joined in the elite group by Emily Ann Roberts of Knoxville; Barett Baber of Fayetteville, Ark. and Jeffery Austin of Chicago. They will face off Monday in the show’s final competition of the season. The winner will be announced Tuesday.
Austin had to persevere in the show’s final Twitter Save pitting Zach Seabaugh (who sang Tim McGraw’s Live Like You Were Dying), Madi Davis (who sang Crowded House’s Don’t Dream It’s Over) and Austin (Ed Sheeran’s Make It Rain) against each other for the final slot. Austin won in a runaway.
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While Smith’s team, coached by Maroon 5 frontman Adam Levine, remained intact throughout the show’s live rounds, teammates Amy Vachal and Shelby Brown were in the semifinal’s bottom three along with team Gwen Stefani’s Braiden Sunshine.
Smith’s achievement marks another milestone in a journey that started last summer, when he made all four judges turn around during blind audition for the show with his rendition of Sia’s Chandelier, which aired in September.
He continued his run through the competition nailing performances of songs by Sam Smith, Adele and maybe his biggest week, singing the hymn Great is Thy Faithfulness alone, days after the terror attacks in Paris.
Smith is a native of Harlan County who got his start singing in church. He and his family reside in Coldiron. He is now a senior at Lee University in Cleveland, Tenn., though he took this semester off to focus on The Voice competition.