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Two Detroit-area singers move to next round in NBC’s ‘The Voice’

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Teen Romeo Rachel Mac and Detroit singer Zania Alaké will continue fighting this season of “The Voice”.

Both ousted their competitors in the battle rounds of the popular NBC show. Sixteen-year-old Mac hit fellow Michigan singer Bradley Sinclair on Monday after a performance of Elton John’s classic “Your Song”.

And Alaké surpassed singer Durrell Anthony last week after they sang Bee Gee’s “Emotion”.

“I’m incredibly grateful,” Mac wrote on Instagram after the show on Monday. “But the best thing about this whole thing is that for me this wasn’t a fight, it was a duet. I was privileged to work with one of the best musicians I’ve met.”

The jury called Mac and Sinclair’s duet the season’s best fight performance so far and disagreed on who should win before singer Nick Jonas picked Mac.

All four judges gave the duo a standing ovation.

“You two were just fine,” said Judge John Legend. “When we have these moments, it reminds us why we love music. This is what music should feel like.”

Season 18 of “The Voice” is packed with singers from Michigan. In addition to Mac, Alaké and Sinclair, from Rockford outside of Grand Rapids, will move into the knockout round, Rio Doyle, 16, from Adrian, Michigan, after beating rival Carolina Rial on Monday. Rial was later saved by Legend.

Zania Alaké sang Anita Baker's

Judge Blake Shelton said Alaké has the “it” factor that you cannot define.

“You just have that thing,” Shelton said.

“The Voice” returns on Monday at 9pm on WDIV with the knockout round.

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