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All three North Texas contestants stay alive on ‘The Voice’

The second week of live performance rounds on The Voice concluded Tuesday, with all three North Texas-bred contestants advancing to the top 10.

Burleson’s Reagan James, Fort Worth’s Luke Wade and Mesquite native Craig Wayne Boyd were saved by America’s votes, which consist of a numerical web involving iTunes sales, votes via Internet and votes on The Voice’s smartphone app.

Jessie Pitts, from coach Blake Shelton’s team, and Sugar Joans, from coach Pharrell Williams’ team, were the two singers eliminated.

But as host Carson Daly explained at the beginning of the hourlong results show, those knocked out from now on have a chance to get back into the competition. All singers cut in the next few weeks will be brought back later in the season to perform again, with the resulting top vote-getter being added back as what Daly called “the fourth wild card finalist.”

While James and Boyd didn’t have to wait too long for the good news, Wade had to sweat it out until 40 minutes into the program.

Wade, whose Monday night performance of Ed Sheeran’s Thinking Out Loud was marred by a momentary miscue, was visibly anxious as other contestants were saved, and seemed quite relieved when his name, the last of the artists saved by public votes, was called.

James, who gave a soulful reading Monday of Lenny Kravitz’s It Ain’t Over Till It’s Over, and Boyd, who smoldered through George Strait’s You Look So Good in Love on Monday, also participated in a rendition on Tuesday with Shelton, their coach, of Elton John’s Sad Songs (Say So Much).

With Tuesday’s drama safely behind them, the three remaining North Texas artists turn their attention to next week’s live performances, and the arrival of new guest mentors, including Diana Ross, Fall Out Boy’s Patrick Stump, Colbie Caillat and All About That Bass singer Meghan Trainor.

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