Kristen Merlin's journey ends on "The Voice"

The out country singer was ousted a week before the finale. 

Kristen’s time spent on a nationally televised music competition was important because not only is she a talented vocalist, but she was never anything but herself. She challenged ideas of what a country singer is or looks like while winning votes from Americans based on her performances, which other judges and her peers also cheered her for.

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The Boston-based country singer is one of the most talented in this year’s competition, and that’s not my lady-loving bias, that is straight from the mouth of Adam Levine. My bias comes in when I say, HOW IS SHE SO HOT?! If you haven’t tuned in yet this season, or ever before, now is your time. Seems Kristen is positioned to win the entire competition with her pop-country swagger, fast vibrato and have I mentioned how energetic, personable and seriously, the hot thing? Now all she needs is votes, which I think we can handle. I for one am not opposed to breaking out the puffy paint to go to town on some T-shirts. Team Merlin is on the prowl.

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Not helping those lesbian rumors, girl.

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Team De’Borah!

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