Sacramento’s Jeremy Briggs’ run on the NBC talent show “The Voice” ended Tuesday when he was eliminated from the competition.
Briggs sang Foreigner’s “Cold as Ice” against fellow contestant Clarissa Serna in a duet during a battle round in which singers try to impress four celebrity judges to stay on the show.
State worker Briggs, 26, grew up in the Sacramento area and played baseball at Sheldon High School and Sacramento City College. He later coached at Sac City.
He is also the front man of the Southern rock band Relic 45.
The show’s format includes four competition stages: blind auditions, battle rounds, knockouts and live performance shows.
Coaches Adam Levine, Shakira, Usher and Blake Shelton have picked their teams of singers. During the battle round, each coach pits two of their own team members against each other to sing the same song together in front of a studio audience.
After the vocal sing-off, the coach must choose which of the two singers will advance to the knockout round. The losing artist can then be picked up by another coach.
The other coaches were split on whom to keep. Mention was made by Shelton that Briggs was able to sing in the same key as powerhouse Serna on a song that has some high notes to hit, a tough job for a male singer.
In the end, Shakira said she wanted to keep Serna. Briggs was sent home after not being picked up by another coach.
The battle rounds are pre-recorded. Briggs, who works at the the California Unemployment Insurance Appeals Board, was back at his state job this week.
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