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St. Charles North alumnus Jeffery Austin makes 'The Voice' finale

District 303 grad was saved by last-minute viewer votes

Jeffery Austin, right, reacts during Tuesday's episode of NBC's "The Voice" singing competition. Austin advanced to the show's finale after a last-minute save from voters.
Jeffery Austin, right, reacts during Tuesday's episode of NBC's "The Voice" singing competition. Austin advanced to the show's finale after a last-minute save from voters.

ST. CHARLES – A St. Charles School District 303 grad on Tuesday was saved by the public to advance to the upcoming finale of NBC’s “The Voice” Season 9 singing competition.

Jeffery Austin was revealed to be the fourth and final contestant to make the finale in the closing seconds of the show’s Tuesday broadcast.

“Is this life?! From one chair to the Finale. Thank you doesn’t cut it. Love you all so much!,” Austin tweeted Tuesday night after the show ended.

No Doubt singer and “Voice” coach Gwen Stefani was the only one of four coaches to turn around her chair during the show’s blind auditions earlier this year to select Austin for her team.

Austin was one of three people who sang Tuesday to stay in the competition after it was revealed they were up for elimination. Austin performed singer Foy Vance’s song “Make It Rain.”

Austin, who graduated from St. Charles North High School in 2009, is the only member of Stefani’s team to make the finals. 

The other remaining singer on the team, Braiden Sunshine, was eliminated Tuesday.

Maroon 5 singer and “Voice” coach Adam Levine had one of his artists, Jordan Smith, make the finals. Country singer and “Voice” coach Blake Shelton has two artists in the finals – Barrett Baber and Emily Ann Roberts.

Austin and the three other finalists will perform starting at 7 p.m. Monday in the first part of the show’s finale. The second part of the finale, which the winner of the show will be announced, will air Dec. 15.

The winner of the show will receive a recording contract.

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