The Wild weren’t the only Minnesota competitors to lose big despite a great effort Tuesday night.
Minneapolis-based singer Kat Perkins was eliminated from NBC’s “The Voice” after failing to earn another “instant save” vote, which would have earned her a spot among this season’s final three contestants.
As was the case in the prior two weeks, Perkins found herself competing for votes among the bottom three, two of whom were eliminated. She and Kristen Merlin lost to Christina Grimme, a younger and more pop-centric starlet who already had a strong following on Twitter and YouTube. Grimme joined Josh Kaufman and Jake Worthington, who had already been voted into the final three.
Perkins put another rocking twist on a not-so-rocking song, Carrie Underwood’s “Good Girl,” for her final effort on the show. That’s after she sang the “Frozen” mega-hit “Let It Go” in Monday’s episode, a song inspired by the kids of the Edina-based Keller family, whom she nannied for prior to her “Voice” run.
Her coach, Adam Levine, seemed to know Kat was nearing her ninth live despite another commanding performance in his on-air comments Monday.
“This girl has fought her way through two elimination weeks and deserves to fight her way through the last elimination week,” the newly blonde-headed Levine said. “Now, whether or not that happens is irrelevant to me and to Kat, because we know that we went out there and did something different and refreshing, and we love it.”
A native of Scranton, N.D., Perkins came to "The Voice" with a decade of Minneapolis stage experience that ranged from a run in Hey City Theater's campy "Tony n' Tina's Wedding" to innumerable bar gigs in the metallic band Scarlet Haze. In our profile of Perkins two weeks ago, she admitted her heavier singing style and tattoo- and piercing-adorned look might be make it tougher for her to win as the competition neared the end.
“That was one of my big questions coming into this: ‘Can a rocker really win ‘The Voice’? ” she said then, pointing to another rocking Twin Cities-reared “Voice” contestant from the show’s second season, Jordis Unga. The only Minnesota competitor to make it into the show’s final three was soul man Nicholas David (aka Nick “The Feelin’” Mrozinski) in 2012.
Talking to local NBC affiliate KARE-11 after her loss, Perkins came off remarkably upbeat and grateful for the experience.
“What a ride,” she said. “I feel like I just got done skydiving.”