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Romeo teen finishes fourth on "The Voice"

By Gary Graff
ggraff@medianewsgroup.com, @GraffonMusic on Twitte

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The best of Rachel Mac was enough to make it to the final five of NBC's "The Voice" this season -- but not to the ultimate top spot.

The 16-year-old Romeo High School sophomore was voted No. 4 by viewers of the program's 20th season, finishing behind winner Cam Anthony from Philadelphia during the live finale on Tuesday night, March 25. It was nevertheless a wonderful ride for Mac, who was selected by just one of the coaches, Nick Jonas, during blind auditions in March.

"You were the only one who believed in me," Mac, 16, told Jonas towards the end of the show, before the rankings were announced. "I've learned so much from you I will take out of the show, no matter what happens."

Mac joined Jonas for a duet on the Foo Fighters' "Best of You" during Tuesday's broadcast -- the first time the band had ever allowed one of its songs to be used on "The Voice." Mac, who's been keep up with her school studies remotely while in Los Angeles, notably performed the song without her trademark hat.

The two also recorded a studio version of the song that's been released as a single via streaming services. Mac was also featured in a comic sketch focused on Jonas' faux workout regimen for judging.

On the first finale episode Monday, May 24, Mac performed renditions of Fleetwood Mac's "The Chain" and Lee Ann Womack's "I Hope You Dance."

Michigan has had several other finalists on "The Voice," including Joshua Davis and Laith Al-Saadi, but none have won.

Mac is planning to return to Michigan on Wednesday, May 26.

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