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Scranton native Kat Perkins earns praise as Hebron native Gwen Sebastian returns to ‘The Voice’

Kat Perkins wasn’t the only singer from North Dakota on “The Voice” Monday.

Country artist Gwen Sebastian returned to the NBC talent show as a mentor for musician hopefuls on Team Blake. The night was filled with covers from the top 8, all signing for votes that will hopefully move them on to the next round.

Sebastian gave tips to county artist Blake Shelton’s singers Jake Worthington, Audra McLaughlin and Sisaundra Lewis.

“I’ve been in (Lewis’s) shoes and she is proof that it is never too late be a star,” Sebastian said of Perkins.

Sebastian, a Hebron native, was a contestant on the show’s second season in 2012, where she chose Blake to coach her. She was eliminated during the battle round but toured with Shelton and his wife Miranda Lambert.

Sebastian and Shelton performed his hit single “My Eyes” before Perkins took the stage.

Perkins, a Scranton native, who has been dubbed “The Rocking Nanny,” made her weekly appearance by singing Daft Punk’s “Get Lucky.”

Last week, Perkins was in the bottom three but received the “Instant Save” when voters saved her in the last five minutes of the show.

“I’m going to kill it,” she told Adam Levine, her coach and the lead singer of Maroon 5.

The Minneapolis-based rocker put her own edge on the techno song, leaving her coach and the crowd screaming. Perkins built up the hit and exploded during the chorus not only with her voice but with jumps and flying fireballs.

“That had to be fun,” Shakira said. “I saw you jumping up and down up there. I never saw that Kat Perkins before.”

Levine said the two had to go big this week, but the idea was all Perkins’, adding he just facilitated it.

“Bottom three my ass,” Levine said. “You just did a heavy metal version of a Daft Punk song in the coolest way.

“There is nothing that wasn’t amazing about that performance. I’m on fire.”

Only five singers will move on to the next round. Those names will be announced tonight when the show airs at 6 p.m.

Viewers can vote for Perkins or any other singer by buying their songs on iTunes or by voting at

April Baumgarten
April Baumgarten joined the Grand Forks Herald May 19, 2015, as the news editor. She works with a team of talented journalists and editors, who strive to give the Grand Forks area the quality news readers deserve to know. Baumgarten grew up on a ranch 10 miles southeast of Belfield, where her family continues to raise registered Hereford cattle. She double majored in communications and history/political science at Jamestown (N.D.) College, now known as University of Jamestown. During her time at the college,  she worked as a reporter and editor-in-chief for the university's newspaper, The Collegian. Baumgarten previously worked for The Dickinson Press as the Dickinson city government and energy reporter in 2011 before becoming the editor of the Hazen Star and Center Republican. She then returned to The Press as a news editor, where she helped lead an award-winning newsroom in recording the historical oil boom.