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Perkins leads off 'The Voice,' picks Levine as coach

Scranton native Kat Perkins got the leadoff spot and a lengthy introduction segment on Monday night's episode of NBC reality singing show "The Voice." 

It was for a good reason, too. 

Perkins sang "Gold Dust Woman" by Fleetwood Mac and got three of four coaches to turn their chairs. Country star Blake Shelton was, ironically, the lone holdout. Perkins began her career in country music before turning to the rock genre. 

The 33-year-old singer's love of rock influenced her choice. She picked Levine, the lead singer of rock band Maroon 5, to be her coach. 

Perkins said, "This is crazy" while making her choice before picking Levine.

Levine, Usher and Shakira praised Perkins' performance.

"The end of your performance, that note, that seared the entire audience," Levine said.

Usher said that while he isn't much of a rocker, he hoped to add to her talent.

"I could only imagine how incredible of a performer you could be with the type of encouragement and help to be great," Usher said.

Shakira, a Grammy-winning Latin pop singer,  all but begged Perkins to choose her. 

"I want you desperately," Shakira said. "... I'd like for you to be the architect of your own destiny."

After leaving the stage, host Carson Daly asked Perkins why she picked Levine.

"His pitch. He was so determined to get the rocker chick," Perkins said.

Perkins' rendition of "Gold Dust Woman" can be purchased on iTunes.

Dustin Monke

Monke came to The Dickinson Press in July 2006 as the newspaper's sports editor and was hired as its managing editor in March 2013. During his tenure at The Press, Monke has won multiple awards for sports reporting, feature reporting, column writing, page design and photography. He was a key part of The Press winning the North Dakota Newspaper Association's General Excellence and Sweepstakes awards in 2009 and 2012, and oversaw The Press' Sweepstakes and General Excellence wins in 2014, as well as its national first-place honors for Community Leadership in the Inland Daily Press Association and contributed to the first-place Inland award for Investigative Reporting. As the newspaper's editor, he writes an occasional Sunday column, is a member of The Press' Editorial Board, contributes feature stories and breaking news, designs pages, and oversees the day-to-day operations of the newsroom and editorial staff. In his free time, he enjoys watching sports and action movies, exercises whenever his schedule allows, and spends every minute he can with his wife and son.

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