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Indy's Josh Kaufman advances to "The Voice" live shows

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The show will go on for an Indianapolis man on NBC's "The Voice."

Josh Kaufman's performance of Bruno Mars' "It Will Rain" was tagged the "performance of the night" on the show Tuesday night and earned him a spot in the next round.

"It's kind of all just a blur and a dream and you kind of pinch yourself and 'This all has to end at some point'," Kaufman said.

Kaufman is one of three members of Team Usher picked to advance to the live shows.

"You did an incredible job," Usher told Kaufman after the performance.

The 38-year-old Kaufman started as a member of Team Adam, but was picked up by Usher last week after Levine picked Delvin Choice over Kaufman.

"I need you to remove the dagger from my heart," Levine said after the song. "I'm so relieved and so happy you're in this position, because you deserve to be. Honest to God, I hope you make it to the top."

"You're one of the best singers on The Voice this year," coach Blake Shelton told Kaufman.

"You're a phenomenal singer. Unbelievable. Hands down," Shakira said.

The coaches whittled their teams from five to three singers in this week's playoff rounds. Kaufman said Usher's winning attitude has been a big help for him.

"You want a coach that wants to win," he said. "There is that pressure, but it's a good pressure and it's the kind of thing you want."

While he has plenty of experience singing in front of crowds, he's learned from both his coaches about stepping up his game.

"The biggest thing for me is being a performer," he said. "Connecting with the audience and focusing on energy and really trying to be not just a singer, but a performer, as well."

Kaufman, a Florida native, attended Anderson University and graduated from IUPUI. He hopes Hoosiers continue to back him during the live shows.

"My hometown support has been huge," Kaufman said. "That's going to mean everything going forward, because now it's the audience vote."

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