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After giving ‘110%,’ Jacob Maxwell of Idaho looks destined for top 13 on ‘The Voice’

Jacob Maxwell performs “Total Eclipse of the Heart” on “The Voice” on April 29.
Jacob Maxwell performs “Total Eclipse of the Heart” on “The Voice” on April 29. NBC/YouTube

It’s impossible to be sure how America voted.

And you never know how the four judges on “The Voice” might use their one save.

But singer Jacob Maxwell took another unusual song selection and nailed it on Monday’s show. The Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, vocalist performed Bonnie Tyler’s “Total Eclipse of the Heart” — and all but crushed it.

Maxwell was one of 24 remaining contestants vying to make the top 13 and advance on the singing competition series. Viewers will find out who made the cut on Tuesday’s episode.

“Tonight was amazing,” Maxwell tweeted after his performance. “I gave 110% on that stage, and I have no regrets regardless of what happens tomorrow.”

Maxwell’s rendition of Tyler’s 1983 classic had enough of his own flair to make it more than a cookie-cutter cover. Unlike his near-misstep last week, Shania Twain’s “You’re Still the One,” it helped separate him from other contestants without feeling borderline awkward.

Maxwell looked comfortable on stage. His smiling coach, John Legend, swayed and mouthed lyrics while Maxwell touched hands with fans and confidentally unleashed the chorus’ more difficult notes.

Will Maxwell get a thumbs up from voters and be a Team Legend singer who makes the top 13? Suddenly, feels more likely.

Find out at 8 p.m. MST on NBC.

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Michael Deeds is an entertainment reporter and opinion columnist at the Idaho Statesman. Since starting at the Statesman as a news intern in 1991, he has been a sportswriter and features/entertainment editor. Deeds also has freelanced for The Washington Post, Relix, Country Weekly, Velo News, Beer Advocate and more.
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