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Josh Kaufman moving on to "Voice" finals

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Indianapolis singer Josh Kaufman is one step away from being crowned champion of NBC's hit music show "The Voice."

Kaufman was the second performer voted into next week's finals on Tuesday's live results show. He says it felt like an eternity before he finally heard his name announced as a finalist.

"I definitely started to feel my...feel my...my heart started to race and my nerves started to build. And I was definitely going through the songs that I would have had to sung if it came down to that, because you know it could have and I needed to be ready if that was how it went down," he said after Tuesday's show.

Kaufman joins Jake Worthington and Christina Grimmie in Monday's live finals, with the winner announced Tuesday night, live on Channel 13. Andrea Morehead will be in Los Angeles for the finale and will report on the results Monday and Tuesday on Eyewitness News.

"The Voice" producers mixed things up for the semi-finals show with each of the remaining five artists singing two songs each.

Indy's own Josh Kaufman's first choice was John Legend's "All of Me," which he dedicated to his supporters but especially his family.

Kaufman moved to Indianapolis when he was 19 to start college. Since then, he's started a band with some friends, playing local coffee shops and bars. He met his wife here, as well, while he was working at a bookstore. They now have three kids together.

He thanked his supporters, saying their help and messages have been overwhelming, then again thanked his family saying he couldn't do the show without them.

The judges once again praised Kaufman's performance. Shakira said, "You manage to deliver real consistently, solid performances." Adam Levine of Maroon 5 added, "You're getting better and better every time."

The greatest compliment came from Blake Shelton, though, who said, "There's no question to me that you're going to be in the finale. I don't think that's even a question anymore. You deserve to be. You bring a lot of credibility to the show."

Kaufman's second performance - chosen by Usher - was of OneRepublic's new song, "Love Runs Out." The studio audience liked it so much, Adam Levine ran out of time before he was able to give a critique and had to just hurriedly say, "You're awesome."

Blake Shelton again heaped praise on Kaufman's performance saying, "When he performs, it's like he's got the song by the throat. He just has so much command of the entire stage....You're a natural born killer singer."

Despite Blake's certainty, Kaufman still needs your votes to make it to next week's LIVE finale. Voting will be the same as last week: 
1) Call 1-855-VOICE-02
2) Text the number 2 to 8642
3) Go to The Voice's website
4) Download either (or both) of Josh's performances from iTunes ("All of Me" and "Love Runs Out").

WTHR watch party a hit

Local fans were cheering Kaufman on during Monday's live performance, at a WTHR viewing party at the Colts Grille downtown.

The crowd came with lots of enthusiasm, ready to watch Indy's own Josh Kaufman take the stage for the Voice Top 5. Several ladies wore fedoras - as an homage to Josh's signature look.

Members of his band were there, as well, along with Colts cheerleaders.

"The energy is fantastic in here," said fan Melissa Wise. "It is so fun and crazy!"

Josh gave a lot of love to his hometown of Indianapolis during the show, talking about his love for the city and his love for his family. In fact, his first song was dedicated to his wife and children. It sent fans at the watch party into captivated silence.

They were laser-focused on the emotion Josh poured out, singing John Legend's "All of Me".

Team Josh thought he nailed it.

"I was crying. I was in tears. It was just heart-melting," Wise said. "I think what really did it for me was that he dedicated that to his wife and family."

"He performed it perfectly. I mean, really every note was exactly where it was supposed to be," added fan Heidi Sayre.

Josh kicked it up a notch with his second song of the night, "Love Runs Out" by One Republic.

Now, Indy believes he'll run all the way to the finals.

"100 percent! He's going to the top," Wise said. "I absolutely believe he's going take this whole thing and we're behind him all the way!"

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