VIDEOS: Mount Pocono singer Mark Isaiah avoids elimination and makes Top 11 on NBC’s ‘The Voice’
After slaying his blind audition with the Shawn Mendes hit “Mercy” during the Season 12 premiere of “The Voice” on NBC on Feb. 27, 19-year-old Mark Isaiah of Mount Pocono has survived several more weeks of the reality talent competition to make it into the Top 11.
On Monday, March 20, he took on fellow Team Adam contestant in a battle with “Pillowtalk” by Zayn and won:
This put him in the knockout round on Monday, April 10, where he performed the Justin Bieber song “Love Yourself” and successfully took out another singer chosen by judge Adam Levine, Malik Davage:
That led Isaiah to sing Jon Bellion’s “All Time Low” on the live playoffs on Tuesday, April 18, where he was one of four vocalists eliminated from Team Adam after the public voted, but he was later saved by Levine:
Now in the Top 12, he reached for the Top 11 with “One Dance” by Drake featuring Kyla and Wizkid on Monday, April 24:
Ending up in the bottom two, he had to take on Team Gwen’s Troy Ramey, choosing “When I Was Your Man” by Bruno Mars on Tuesday, April 25:
In the first instant save of the season, Isaiah was chosen by the public to move on by a narrow margin of 52-48:
That night, he also joined Levine and fellow Team Adam singers Jesse Larson and Lilli Passero for a performance of The Beatles’ “Hey Jude” in tribute to Christina Grimmie, a contestant from Levine’s team in Season 6 who was tragically shot and killed at the young age of 22 after a concert last year:
The 11 contestants remaining will be back for live performances on Monday, May 1 at 8 p.m. Making it farther than most do so far, let’s hope Isaiah can stay in the game and go the distance.
by Rich Howells
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