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Rio Linda singer Shane Q makes it through the battle round on ‘The Voice’

Sacramento singer Shane Q made it through the battle round on NBC’s “The Voice” Monday night, beating Melinda Rodriguez in a duet performance of Sam Smith’s “Too Good At Goodbyes.”
Sacramento singer Shane Q made it through the battle round on NBC’s “The Voice” Monday night, beating Melinda Rodriguez in a duet performance of Sam Smith’s “Too Good At Goodbyes.” Justin Lubin/NBC

Rio Linda native Shane Q moved onto the knockout round of NBC’s “The Voice” Monday night, out-performing competitor Melinda Rodriguez in a duet rendition of Sam Smith’s “Too Good at Goodbyes.”

Both Rodriguez and Shane Q were coached by judge Kelly Clarkson, who brought in pop singer Normani as a performance-specific mentor. Judges John Legend and Blake Shelton both said they slightly preferred Shane Q’s version of Smith’s song, while Gwen Stefani was more undecided but had high praise for the male singer.

“Gosh, your voice is shocking. The dynamics, how smooth it is, how easy it sounds for you to do it,” Stefani said. “It makes me want to see more and more of it, because it’s like a phenomenon.”

Rodriguez could have been sent home, but Clarkson spent her one battle round “save” on the Miami singer. Legend tried to “steal” Rodriguez before the artist opted to stick with Clarkson.

The 17th season of “The Voice” returns Tuesday night at 8 p.m. for more battle round faceoffs. Shane Q won’t be back on TV until next week, though.

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Benjy Egel covers local restaurants and bars for The Sacramento Bee as well as general breaking news and investigative projects. A Sacramento native, he previously covered business for the Amarillo Globe-News in Texas.
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