Arkansas native Jim Ranger among finalists for ‘Voice’ crown


LOS ANGELES – NBC’S “The Voice” wraps up its fall season over the next two nights, with five finalists – including a Natural State native – vying for the show’s 19th season crown.

It took an instant save to make Ian Flanigan the fifth Voice finalist, and now the Team Blake singer is embracing the increased workload that comes with a two-night finale.

“When you triple the songs and triple the work, it’s triple the pressure, but it’s also you’re just so grateful to be here,” Flanigan said.

Arkansas native Jim Ranger is Team Blake’s second finalist, and his biggest challenge might be outdoing last week’s buzz worthy performance atop a giant rock.

“We follow up with something pretty epic,” Ranger previewed.

Team Kelly’s Desz is the lone female finalist and the only remaining artist to get a four-chair turn during blind auditions.

“This week has been, as Gwen Stefani would say, B A N A N A S. Bananas!” Desz exclaimed.

Team Gwen’s 15-year-old Carter Rubin shocked the judges during blinds, but his performances belie his age and could give Gwen her first champion.

“I’m not nervous singing in front of her, I am more nervous in the fact that this is the finale now, the stakes are super, super high,” Rubin said.

John Holiday’s voice also had the coaches fooled in his audition. His showing since then has Team Legend’s finalist on the precipice of something big.

“This is going to be an incredible time and moment, so I’m just really, really excited about that,” Holiday said. “This journey has been incredible.”

Now, America decides whose journey arrives at the victorious destination. “The Voice” airs Monday night at 7 p.m., followed by a new episode of “Nurses.”

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