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'The Voice': Michelle Raitzin of Great Neck advances

Michelle Raitzin, a pop-singer from Great Neck, made

Michelle Raitzin, a pop-singer from Great Neck, made it onto Blake Shelton's team on the April 8, 2013, episode of NBC's "The Voice." (Credit: NBC / Paul Drinkwater)

Great Neck’s Michelle Raitzin is moving to the next round on “The Voice.”

Blake Shelton picked the 21-year-old Berklee College of Music student, who describes herself as a “contemporary pop-soul singer,” for his team, making Raitzin the latest Long Islander to make the knockout rounds segment of the singing competition.

Port Jefferson Station’s Raquel Castro advanced in the first season of the NBC show, and last season featured Baldwin’s Melanie Martinez and Ronkonkoma’s MarissaAnn.

“The Voice” only showed a snippet of Raitzin’s performance of Rascal Flatts’ “Bless the Broken Road,” which may put her at a slight disadvantage once the public starts to vote. However, she does seem to have a strong supporter in Shelton, who chided his fellow judges, saying, “You blew into that upper register, how the hell do you not push your button?”

“Most of it, to be honest, was like a dream and a blur,” says Raitzin, whose work has been on several CDs, including nine in the Kidz Bop series. “Toward the end, Blake pushed the button -- the most amazing moment of my life so far . . . It was an incredible experience. I’m so lucky and blessed to be here. I’m really excited to be working with Blake.”

Here's a video of Raitzin doing Maroon 5's "Sunday Morning," which she says would be a dream duet with opposing coach Adam Levine.

Tags: The Voice , Michelle Raitzin , Raquel Castro , Melanie Martinez , MarissaAnn

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