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Waterford's Tony Lucca is ready for final run on "The Voice"

for Journal Register Newspapers

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Tony Lucca says being one of the four finalists on NBC’s “The Voice” “is hands down one of the most surreal things I’ve ever experienced.”

But he’s also somewhat insulated from the hoopla aspect of the show.

“I’m still ‘in the bubble’ as they say, so I’m sure it’ll have a whole new significance once it’s all said and done,” says the Pontiac-born singer-songwriter, who now lives with is family in Waterford Township — although he’s been in Los Angeles since live editions of “The Voice” began airing in April.

Lucca, 36, who’s part of Maroon 5 singer Adam Levine’s team, will compete on Monday, May 7, against Blake Shelton’s Jermaine Paul, Cee Lo Green’s Juliet Simms and Chris Mann, who’s coached by Lucca’s former “Mickey Mouse Club” castmate Christina Aguilera.

The winner of the public vote will be revealed on Tuesday, May 8.

“Adam and I have tapped into something cool ... and we’ve just decided to see it through to the very end,” says Lucca, who after “The Mickey Mouse Club” continued to act — including a role on “Malibu Shores” as well as in commercials — before dedicating himself to a music career that’s included nine albums and five EPs so far.

“Strong performances have been as important as vocal prowess, if not more so,” he adds. “I’d say the winner will be the one who is most able to marry the two successfully. Hopefully that’s me this week.”

That hope is certainly shared by his people back in Michigan, including Lucca’s wife, Rachel, son, Liam, and daughter, Sparrow. “I have an amazing family that couldn’t possibly be any more proud and supportive of what I’ve accomplished — not just on ‘The Voice’ but throughout my career,” Lucca says. “This is really more of a celebration of dedication paying off, for all of us.”

Lucca’s journey on “The Voice” has had the odd twist of reuniting him with Aguilera, who’s been a bit harsh in her criticisms throughout the competition and seemed to hold a grudge against Lucca for not picking Levine instead of her as his coach. But Lucca recently told the Hollywood Reporter that, “I don’t think I’d be here right now if I had picked Christina. It seems she’s harboring some legitimate and hardcore resentment that I didn’t figure. ... I don’t know if what we’re seeing now is about a backlash for not picking her or maybe something older and deeper seated. I don’t know. It’s weird.”

Lucca was also surprised that Aguilera pitched the idea of bringing their “Mickey Mouse Club” gang — which included Justin Timberlake, Britney Spears and Kerri Russell — back together, though he views it “like more of a challenge than an invitation.” As for any animosity Aguilera holds towards him, Lucca says , “I imagine after Monday we’ll most likely have seen the last of each other, unfortunately. We’ll see.”

Lucca is also waiting to see what his successful run on “The Voice” means for his music career moving forward. First-season winner Javier Colon and fellow finalists Dia Frampton and Vicci Martinez released albums through Universal Republic, while Beverly McClellan remained independent.

The “pretty intense mental state” he’s had to maintain during “The Voice” “hasn’t left much room for the random, creative, free association that writing entails for me,” Lucca says, but he’s also “been a keen observer and have been salting away volumes of inspiration” that he expects to show up in the future.

“I’d like to think I’ve made some serious impressions with folks in the industry in addition to some new fans,” Lucca says. “I imagine there will be a bit more attention paid to whatever is next, be it with Universal or back out on the independent trail.

“Either way, I could NOT be more excited to get back to work. I imagine it will be a fairly prolific chapter in my career.”

Friends, family throw support bash Monday in Ferndale

Sarah Jane Regan & The Tony Lucca Street Team are drumming up support for their hometown heroe’s competition on “The Voice” Monday, May 7. “Some local businesses have been jumping on board his extremely large social media fan base by changing interchangeable signage to ‘Vote local Tony Lucca on NBC “The Voice Final Four!” posting it online, posting fliers and inviting everyone to attend Tony Lucca Street Team events!” Regan said. “This is the last show, the finale, our last chance and by far the most important time to share, tweet, invite and promote this amazing Michigan talent!” Friends, family and fans in Oakland County will “rally around him and bring him home the winner of “The Voice Season 2” at 8 p.m. Monday One-Eyed Betty’s, 175 W. Troy Ave., Ferndale. Follow on Twitter: @teamluccdoes

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