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Anita Antoinette may get new Voice lifeline

Published:Sunday | December 7, 2014 | 12:00 AMShereita Grizzle
Photo by Tyler Golden (NBC) Anita Antoinette

For those who may have been disappointed by Jamaica-born singer Anita Antoinette's elimination from The Voice a few weeks ago, there may still be hope of her re-entering the competition.

As the competition draws to a close, with the semi-final rounds starting tomorrow, Antoinette has been given a lifeline as she prepares to compete for a spot in the final rounds through the competitions wild card contest. The Voice Wildcard Rounds, which also gets under way tomorrow, will not only see Antoinette's return, but all other contestants knocked out of the live-round phase of the show as they will all be given one last chance to prove to viewers why they deserve a next shot at the title.

The winner of the wild card contest will automatically perform in the final round of live performances later this month, which means that this year, there will be four finalists instead of the usual three. During her stint in the competition, many had Antoinette down as one of the competition's top contenders, and for the few weeks prior to her elimination, she seemed to be a sure finalist, topping the polls each week. Her performances of MAGIC!'s Rude, and her rendition of Bob Marley's Redemption Song, were among the bestselling on iTunes, so her elimination in the top-10 round came as a shock to many.

Doing this for folks back home

Now that she has a second chance in the competition, the talented singer plans to make the most of it. In a recent interview posted online, Antoinette outlined her strategy for the wild card rounds. "My strategy is to just go out there and be myself. I want the folks watching back at home to understand that I am doing this not just for myself, but also for them," she said. "It's for anyone who's ever had any self-doubt, it's for anyone that has dealt rejection time and time again, or felt as though they're not good enough."

Due to the wild card competition, Antoinette, who was due to perform alongside season five winner of The Voice, Tessanne Chin, at the tree-lighting concert in downtown Kingston on Wednesday, was unable to make it for the performance. In a statement released by her management team, Antoinette expressed her disappointment at not being able to make an appearance. "Although Anita would love to be a part of this event, she will be in Los Angeles gearing up for the wild card round of The Voice," the statement read. "She wants to assure her fans that she will soon make it to her beloved island."

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