Lauren Duski showed on Monday’s episode of “The Voice” why she might just win the championship for Season 12. The home audience voted her through to next week’s top 12 after she performed Bryan White‘s “Someone Else’s Star” for Team Blake Shelton (watch above).
How did we rank all six performers for Team Blake and which 3 of his singers survived? Here is our analysis of his team on Monday. And here is what our writer Denton Davidson says about Lauren: “With an understated ballad, Lauren separated herself from the rest of Team Blake as the clear frontrunner. Her warm tone is easily recognizable and perfect for country radio. For weeks now she has been considered a potential winner and this performance solidified her position near the top. Without question she is Blake’s top contender and she will definitely be going far.”
Over the first few weeks of this season, Lauren has taken on the following tunes: Blind – “You Were Meant for Me”; Battle – “Better Man”; Knockout – “When You Say Nothing at All.” Of those three performances, our writer John Benutty offered analysis last week: “I thought after two small performances in both the blinds and battle round that Lauren would feel inspired to do something bigger for her knockout, but instead she stayed right in her comfort zone. Lauren has a great voice and is definitely pleasant to listen to, but if I’m being honest she’s just not that exciting. There are moments in her “Better Man” battle though that show a lot of promise and I hope she’s able to bring them to the Top 12.”
According to her NBC bio: “At a young age, Lauren entered many karaoke competitions, leading to several years of touring Michigan and performing classic country hits with JR Country Band. They opened for Lonestar, Randy Travis and Bill Anderson. After high school, Lauren shifted her focus from writing music to dental school. She met independent filmmaking couple Ann Gillis and husband Marvin, and they encouraged her to move to Nashville, taking Lauren under their wing. After Ann was diagnosed with ALS, Lauren felt the need to give back to her by becoming her full-time caretaker.”