COEUR D'ALENE, Idaho — Twenty-year-old Coeur d'Alene native Jacob Maxwell is moving forward on NBC singing show "The Voice" after he bested fellow Team Legend member Talon Cardon during the show's Battle Rounds.
Maxwell and Cardon sang a cover of "Every Little Thing She Does is Magic" by The Police, which judge Adam Levine said is one his favorite songs.
Winners of the Battle Rounds continue in the competition to compete for the top spot.
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The pair received a standing ovation from singing superstars and judges John Legend and Kelly Clarkson. Later, Levine poked fun at Maxwell's resemblance to actor Jake Gyllenhaal and actress Cara Delevigne.
"I just thought that Jacob was maybe a little bit more in control," Levine said of Maxwell's performance.
"I thought Jacob overall had the better grasp in the song," country star and judge Blake Shelton added. "I gotta say, overall, Jacob."
Clarkson said she could see Maxwell singing The Police song in concert.
Overall, Legend was happy with the performance from both competitors but ultimately picked Maxwell to move forward after the Battle Rounds.
"I was so excited to see you guys perform the song with so much excellence, so thank you for that," Legend said.
Legend described Maxwell's voice as "lush and really gorgeous."
Maxwell steps into the spotlight
In early March, Maxwell first wowed judges during blind audition of "The Voice" when he sang of cover of the Taylor Swift song "Delicate" during his audition.
Judges Kelly Clarkson and John Legend almost immediately turned their chairs when they heard Maxwell's voice, expressing their interest in mentoring Maxwell.
"You moved me and that's what it takes to get my chair to turn," Kelly Clarkson told Maxwell during his audition.
Maxwell eventually picked John Legend to be his coach after the singer told him he loved his "sweet, distinct tone."
"At the end, you showed me I took a good risk by turning around so early," Legend said.
If Maxwell looks familiar, it’s possible you have seen him performing at gigs in downtown Coeur d’Alene and Hayden, Idaho.
KREM has reached out to Maxwell to chat with him about his experience on the show.