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Even if he looks like ‘that girl,’ this Idaho singer wowed judges on ‘The Voice’ again

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On the same night one Idaho singer got a thumbs-down on “American Idol,” another got a thumbs up on “The Voice.”

Jacob Maxwell, a 20-year-old musician from Coeur d’Alene, won his Battle Rounds performance Monday and moved on to a future episode. He defeated 18-year-old Talon Cardon of Utah after they collaborated on a duet of “Every Little Thing She Does is Magic” by The Police.

Celebrity judge and coach John Legend made the decision. “Jacob has a rounder voice,” Legend said. “It’s kind of lush. It’s really gorgeous.”

It was a big TV night for Idaho singers. On competing ABC reality show “American Idol,” Logan Johnson, 21, who grew up in Boise, was eliminated after a run that vaulted him into the top 20 contestants.

Maxwell first dazzled celebrity judges on “The Voice” during a Blind Auditions episode in March. After he started singing Taylor Swift’s “Delicate,” Legend and Kelly Clarkson spun around their chairs to watch. Fellow judge Adam Levine was slower to respond — and apologized. “I’m stupid,” he said. “I’m sorry.”

On Monday’s show, Levine amped up his silly demeanor.

“First of all, dude, it’s super gnarly how much you look like Jake Gyllenhaal,” Levine told Maxwell. “Also that girl Cara Delevingne — you look like her, too.”

In case you don’t know: Delevingne is a 26-year-old British model, singer and actress.

“I literally get both of those people all the time,” Maxwell joked to the judges and audience.

Maxwell will get the last laugh. He’s now guaranteed to showcase his vocals on another episode of “The Voice,” which airs at 7 p.m. Mondays and Tuesdays.

Maxwell, who plays guitar, has performed in the Coeur d’Alene area since graduating from high school.

The experience paid off on the Battle Rounds stage against a younger singer.

“I feel like Jacob, overall, had the better grasp on the song,” country star and judge Blake Shelton said.

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Michael Deeds is a columnist and entertainment writer at the Idaho Statesman, where he chronicles the Boise good life with reporting and opinion. Deeds invaded the newsroom as an intern in 1991.

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