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North Texas singers advance to knockout round on ‘The Voice’

(L to R) Austin Allsup and Preston James
(L to R) Austin Allsup and Preston James NBC

The 11th season of The Voice concluded its battle rounds on last night’s broadcast, the final of four episodes dedicated to coaches advising singers who then face off as they croon the same tune.

Four North Texas-tied singers — Josh Halverson, Dana Harper, Simone Gundy and Austin Allsup — were in the competition heading into the battle rounds, and all four have advanced to the knockout round, which begins Monday.

Denton troubadour Halverson, pitted against Kylie Rothfield for a spot on Alicia Keys’s team, tackled the Animals’ House of the Rising Sun. Although Rothfield was judged the winner, Halverson stayed alive by being stolen away by Miley Cyrus, to join her team.

Dallas’ Dana Harper faced off with Tarra Layne, as the pair sang Sia’s Alive, with Harper continuing on as a member of Blake Shelton’s team. Arlington’s Simone Gundy, competing against JSoul, provided a sparkling rendition of the Marvin Gaye/Tammi Terrell chestnut You’re All I Need to Get By, and advanced as a member of Adam Levine’s team.

Singing Creedence Clearwater Revival’s Bad Moon Rising, Fort Worth singer-songwriter Austin Allsup squared off against Preston James, and earned his spot on Shelton’s team, heading into next week’s knockout rounds.

Stay tuned to see how these North Texas talents fare as The Voice continues its 11th season.

Preston Jones: 817-390-7713, @prestonjones