Charlotte Sometimes, the grad known locally as Jessica Poland, on Tuesday was eliminated from NBC's "The Voice" after a dramatic sing-off against two other teammates.
Poland, 24, failed to sway the national audience to vote in sufficient numbers to keep her safe from elimination with her live performance of Paramore's "Misery Business'' on Monday's show.
As one of the three artists from Team Blake who garnered the fewest votes, Poland was forced into a sing-off against two other teammates for survival on the show.
But her cover of the Goo Goo Doll's "Iris'' wasn't enough to convince team coach and country superstar Blake Shelton to choose her to continue.
"This is not the end of the road by any stretch of the imagination,'' Shelton said following his decision.
Poland was the 11th performer to take the stage for , the last of her team and following five competitors from the team headed by judge Christina Aguilera, who fielded six of her own singers.
Dressed in a flowing gown and enveloped in ankle-high fog, Poland's arrangement showed off her wide vocal range, as judge Christina Aguilera noted after the performance.
"It was dramatic,'' Aguilera said. "It was big where it needed to be big. It was soft where it needed to be soft and that takes power, but you're also really subtle in the right places.''
Coach Shelton was wowed by Poland's performance.
"This was Charlotte's idea for the arrangement,'' Shelton said. "She's a true artist. And true artists have a vision. I thought it was dead on.''
Judge Adam Levine also praised Poland's rendition, but said there were "flat'' spots in her performance.
For the chance to perform on the live shows, Poland first had to and then .
She beat out a teammate weeks back by singing “Pumped Up Kicks,’’ by Foster The People. Her rendition garnered compliments from all the judges, especially Shelton.
“Charlotte got up there and you can’t take your eyes off her, which is what you need to make a star,’’ Shelton said.
Poland also had no trouble turning around chairs in her "blind audition'' at the beginning of the show, singing "Apologize'' by OneRepublic.
Judge Adam Levine was the first judge to turn his chair around, followed quickly by Blake Shelton.
"My job as a coach is to hear it, understand it and within the first few lines I knew what I was hearing,'' Shelton said. "I think we're all gravitating toward unique vocalists. And that's what you are.''
"When you opened up, it was like a flower,'' said judge Cee Lo Green. "It was beautiful, just very graceful, very poised.''
– just about the same time a rare degenerative disease began to eat away at her jaw, threatening a promising singing career before it really even began. She was diagnosed with Condylar Resorption when she was a student at .
The disease, in which the bones of the jaw are steadily broken down and disintegrate, is nine times more likely to affect women and generally begins at puberty. There is no known cause.
Poland considers herself lucky. She was able to get the medical attention and the reconstructive surgery she needed to rebuild her jaw. She is currently setting up a nonprofit organization to raise money and awareness about her disease.
“It’s really hard for these girls to find help,’’ Poland has said. “It’s tough to find information, because there’s not a lot of research going on. I feel like if there’s anything I can do, any way I can help that I should that.’’
Although Poland, 24, now lives in New York City, she is a lifelong resident of Wall. She attended , and graduated from in 2006. Her parents, Hartson and Tracy Poland, live in North Wall.