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‘This is just the beginning’: Idaho singer Jacob Maxwell says goodbye to ‘The Voice’

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Ben Driebergen, who attended Capital High School in Boise, was named the winner of the 35th season of "Survivor" on CBS. He spent 39 days on a remote Tahitian island eating snails, coconuts and hermit crabs to become a finalist.

Idaho no longer has a voice on “The Voice.”

After an inspiring, entertaining run, Jacob Maxwell was eliminated Tuesday on the 16th season of NBC’s long-running series.

Despite a promising performance of Bonnie Tyler’s “Total Eclipse of the Heart” on Monday, viewers did not choose the Coeur d’Alene singer for the top 13. His coach, John Legend, used his lone save on fellow team member Celia Babini.

Last week, Maxwell had made the cut to the top 24 contestants — but only after Legend used a save to keep his dreams alive.

After Tuesday’s show, Maxwell thanked Legend on Instagram — and gave fans reason to smile about the future.

“You made a small town boy from Idaho’s dreams come true, and I hope one day you can know just how much that meant to me,” Maxwell wrote. “To everyone else who watched, prayed, voted, whatever — let’s be real, this is just the beginning, and you’re all gonna be hearing from me real soon. This has only shown me how much I’m meant to do this, and I couldn’t be more excited for what God has in store.”

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

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