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Perkins spans genres on Monday’s ‘Voice’ appearance

Kat Perkins top-five performance on Monday night’s episode of “The Voice” took her into territories and genres she has rarely stepped into.

But that didn’t seem to hurt the self-proclaimed rocker and Scranton native.

“You guys,” her coach, Maroon 5 singer Adam Levine, said to the crowd, “it doesn’t get better. As far as vocals are concerned, it doesn’t get better than Kat Perkins.”

Perkins’ first song, picked by Levine, was “Chandelier” by Sia. It was her first foray into the pop genre on the show.

“I don’t know what the hell else you could do this week that could be better than that,” country singer Blake Shelton said. “You showed another layer of what you’re capable of doing.”

The lead up to her second song, the Oscar-winning “Let It Go” from the movie “Frozen” prominently featured her hometown of Scranton and the Keller family, whose children Perkins nannied for in Minneapolis. The Keller family was in the audience.

Perkins put her personal rock spin on the song, and drew praise from the judges for her performance and stage presence.

“That’s a complicated song to sing, and everybody loves that record,” Usher said. “It was a classic performance.”

Shakira called the song an “unexpected pick” for Perkins, but said it continued to show “another side” of her musical abilities.

Levine called Perkins the most consistent performer on the The Show.

“Week to week throughout this entire competition, everybody has had their ups and downs,” Levine said. “No one has been more consistent. You’re always right on the money and soulful and beautiful.”

Fans can vote for Perkins at, by purchasing either of her songs on iTunes or by texting 1-855-864-2303. The top three performers will be announced today with the results show at 6 p.m.

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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