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Kat Perkins of Scranton, shown in this undated photo

Unfortunately, the third time wasn’t a charm for Kat Perkins.

After a night of voting by viewers, the Scranton, N.D., native found herself in the bottom three Tuesday on the NBC singing talent show “The Voice” for the third time in a row. Only this time, she did not gain enough votes and was eliminated from the competition.

Perkins took to the stage once again Tuesday night, fighting Kristen Merlin and Christina Grimmie for a spot in the final three. Perkins sang “Good Girl” by Carrie Underwood to gain votes for the final instant save.

“You have obviously been here before, and you come out swinging like a cat,” Usher, one of the show’s coaches, said Tuesday.

He added: “I hate that you are here again. I do hope America continues to stick with you.”

Though Perkins, who lives in Minneapolis, is a rock singer, she has explored other genres. This was evident when she sang “Chandelier” by Sia and “Let It Go” from Disney’s hit movie “Frozen” on Monday night’s episode. The songs were “unexpected picks,” coach Shakira said Monday.

“I think America knows you can rock out but also be universal like that,” Shakira said.

Perkins was saved twice by the instant save, drawing votes from a large fanbase. It’s a shame that Perkins was in the bottom three, but it also was good because she continues to dig herself out of a hole, said Adam Levine, Maroon 5 lead singer and Perkins’ coach.

“Kat isn't thinking about a thing,” Levine said Tuesday. “She is just singing. She is having the time of her life.”

Perkins has often drawn praise and applause from the audience and coaches, including country singer and coach Blake Shelton.

“Kat, I really think that you do everything right,” Shelton said Monday. “Every opportunity that you get on this show, you take whatever the situation is -- with these saves, I’m talking about -- and you do the thing you need to do to move you forward.”

Levine boasted about both of his singers -- Grimmie and Perkins -- saying they were among the most talented people he had seen.

“Seeing you guys up here breaks my heart, but it makes me so proud,” Levine said. “It’s shocking that you are both here.”

Levine begged those watching “The Voice” to vote for both singers. Though he knew only one could advance, he said both deserved to be in the finals.

But in the final five minutes of the show, voters chose Grimmie to move on to the final round, sending Perkins and Merlin home.

Grimmie will face off against Jake Worthington and Josh Kaufman next Monday in a live show, which airs at 7 p.m.

April Baumgarten
April Baumgarten joined the Grand Forks Herald May 19, 2015, as the news editor. She works with a team of talented journalists and editors, who strive to give the Grand Forks area the quality news readers deserve to know. Baumgarten grew up on a ranch 10 miles southeast of Belfield, where her family continues to raise registered Hereford cattle. She double majored in communications and history/political science at Jamestown (N.D.) College, now known as University of Jamestown. During her time at the college,  she worked as a reporter and editor-in-chief for the university's newspaper, The Collegian. Baumgarten previously worked for The Dickinson Press as the Dickinson city government and energy reporter in 2011 before becoming the editor of the Hazen Star and Center Republican. She then returned to The Press as a news editor, where she helped lead an award-winning newsroom in recording the historical oil boom.