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South Sound's Vicci Martinez, fans await vote results

Now, it’s up to America.

Tacoma’s Vicci Martinez performed competitively for the final time on “The Voice” Tuesday night. She – and the country – will find out Wednesday night if she will be crowned the winner of the hit NBC talent show.

Martinez and the other three contestants (Javier Colon, Dia Frampton and Beverly McClellan) performed original songs for their competitive numbers. They each also performed duets with their celebrity coaches.

Martinez’s song, “Afraid to Sleep” by Butch Walker, highlighted her vocal range. The ballad was subdued at first, but Martinez took the song into a powerful crescendo.

After Martinez’s performance, the coaches’ comments were complimentary, but not as enthusiastic as they have been for her past performances. Blake Shelton said, “You insist on being a big deal.” Martinez’s coach, Cee Lo Green, said, “You’re going to be a force to be reckoned with.”

Martinez and Green closed the show with a duet performance of Pat Benatar’s “Love is a Battlefield.” The pair, dressed in leather and spikes, received a standing ovation from the judges and studio audience.

At the show’s start, Green called Martinez an inspiration for the Latino community and women.

“She’s such a spirit, such a warrior,” he said. “We could use more strong women represented in music today.”

People can vote on their favorite contestant through 7 a.m. Wednesday. The winner gets $100,000 and a recording contract. Whether Martinez wins or loses, the hugely popular show (it was the most watched broadcast program last week) has been an enormous boost to her career.

NBC announced Tuesday that the final eight contestants of “The Voice” (including Martinez) will go on a seven-city tour beginning July 27. The only Western U.S. stops will be in Universal City, Calif., and Las Vegas.

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