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Long Islanders advance on 'The Voice,' 'X Factor'

Baldwin's Melanie Martinez, one of the contestants on

Baldwin's Melanie Martinez, one of the contestants on season 3 of NBC's singing competition “The Voice." (September 2012) (Credit: NBC)

Baldwin's Melanie Martinez advanced on “The Voice” and Bay Shore's rapping brothers Jemelle and Julien Joseph of Lyric 145 advanced on “X Factor” last night, though not as decisively as they might have hoped.

Martinez, who had long been a fan favorite on “The Voice” this season with strong sales of her performances on iTunes, was not among the top two vote-getters on Team Adam with her performance of Ray Charles' “Hit the Road, Jack.” She was holding back tears at the announcement, as coach Adam Levine made his decision.

“Melanie, you are so incredibly unique and different and I love that about you,” Levine said, before saving Martinez.

“I'm so proud of you,” her teammate Loren Allred, who was cut from the competition, told her.

On “X Factor,” Lyric 145 advanced with what mentor Simon Cowell called an “amazing” performance. However, voters seemed a little less impressed. In an unusual change, “X Factor” announced how voters ranked all the contestants and Lyric 145 came in ninth out of 12. (It may be useful to point out that both Martinez and the Joseph brothers might not have gotten as many votes or downloads as they normally would because so much of their Strong Island fan base may have Sandy-related issues on their minds that kept them from watching the shows, if they had power at all. Not that these shows will take that into account.)

Here's the Top 12 “X Factor” rankings (in order): Tate Stevens, Carly Rose Sonenclar, Vino Alan, Diamond White, Fifth Harmony, Emblem3, Jennel Garcia, Paige Thomas, Lyric 145, Beatrice Miller, Arin Ray, CeCe Frey. Jason Brock, the lowest vote-getter was eliminated.

“The Voice” also cut its field to 12: Amanda Brown, Bryan Keith, Melanie Martinez. Terry McDermott, Cassadee Pope, Michaela Paige, Dez Duron, Sylvia Yacoub, Adriana Louise,
Trevin Hunte, Nicholas David, Cody Belew.

(I was sad that Christina Aguilera picked Adriana Louise over De'Borah to advance, though not shocked. Aguilera is a practical woman and sales on iTunes showed De'Borah behind her teammate. Who knew that a thrilling performance from De'Borah wouldn't be enough to sway fans?)

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