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'Voice' Top 12 include two Bay area natives

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Sisaundra Lewis. Courtesy NBC 'The Voice' Sisaundra Lewis. Courtesy NBC 'The Voice'
Josh Kaufman. Courtesy NBC 'The Voice' Josh Kaufman. Courtesy NBC 'The Voice'
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The Bay area is well represented in the Top 12 contestants on NBC's sing-off show The Voice.

The remaining twelve vocalists, with three on each coach's team, will feature in a two-hour live episode Monday night starting at 8:00 p.m.

Among them are Sisaundra Lewis (Team Blake), born in Polk County, and Josh Kaufman (Team Usher), born in Sarasota.

A third Bay area native, Jake Barker of Pinellas County, was eliminated Monday April 14th in the playoffs.

From here on out, it will be up to the fans to vote to keep their favorite vocalists in the running.

"I'm so grateful for all the support I've already gotten," said Kaufman. "But now it comes down to votes, and buying the iTunes and all of that, so, uh, I'm gonna need it more than I have until this point."

Both Lewis and Kaufman describe the competition as intense, and can't pinpoint exactly who their biggest rival is.

"I think everybody's the one to beat," Kaufman said.

"I will tell you that there is a lot of stiff competition on this show, period," said Lewis. "It would be really hard to single out one person. So I think we all just bring our A-game all the time, cause you never know what someone's been reserving to give to you on the next show."

Both Bay area natives got into music through their families. Kaufman's mother was a music teacher, and Lewis grew up singing alongside her family in church. Sisaundra has thanked her "church family" on numerous occasions for standing behind her.

Kaufman and Lewis share something else as well: though Kaufman was born in Sarasota, he too lived in Polk County.

"She's [Sisaundra] one of the nicest people you'll ever meet," Kaufman said. "She's from Polk County too, so we kind of have some of the same roots."

To show your support for these hometown stars, tune in the the special live 2-hour episode of The Voice Monday night at 8:00 p.m.!

WATCH Monday at 11 for Stacie Schaible's interviews with Kaufman and Lewis!

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