Killeen contestants

Two aspiring singers from Killeen were chosen for teams on the latest season of NBC’s “The Voice,” a singing competition TV show.

On Monday’s Season 21 of “The Voice,” Manny Keith, who grew up in Killeen and now lives in Miami, Florida, secured a spot on Team Blake (Shelton) while singing Dua Lipa’s “Break My Heart.”

Another contestant from Killeen, Jershika Maple, selected Team Kelly (Clarkson) over Team John (Legend) after the two major recording artists turned their chairs around during her performance of New Edition’s “Can You Stand the Rain.”

Keith was a Harker Heights High School Knight with the class of 2008, according to the Killeen Independent School District, and Maple was an Ellison High School Eagle with the class of 2016.

“We were thrilled to see Jershika and Manny on The Voice this week,” Killeen ISD spokeswoman Taina Maya said Wednesday. “We are excited for the Killeen ISD community to follow and support them on their journey to the finale.”

Killeen ISD tweeted congratulations to both singers Monday.

“So, so proud of you,” Killeen ISD tweeted.

“The Voice” is a competition within a competition where aspiring singers are competing for a Universal recording contract. The show’s coaches — musical superstars Kelly Clarkson, John Legend, Blake Shelton and Ariana Grande — mentor select teams of aspiring singers to compete for the top prize.

“The Voice” airs Mondays and Tuesdays at 7 p.m.

Killeen resident Rose Short finished in fourth place during Season 17 of “The Voice” in 2019.

Manny Keith performs Dua Lipa's "Break My Heart" during The Voice Blind Auditions.

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The four-time Emmy-winning musical competition series "The Voice" returns with multi-platinum recording artist, Grammy Award winner, and talented actress Ariana Grande claiming her red chair alongside superstar Coaches Kelly Clarkson, John Legend, and Blake Shelton as they return for Season 21. Carson Daly returns as host. The show's innovative format features four stages of competition: Blind Auditions, Battle Rounds, Knockouts, and Live Performance Shows.

This season's Battle Advisors include Jason Aldean (Team Kelly), Kristin Chenoweth (Team Ariana), Camila Cabello (Team Legend), and Dierks Bentley (Team Blake). For the Knockouts, one superstar Mega Mentor will work with all the coaches and their teams.

In the Live Performance Shows, the top artists will compete against each other weekly during a live broadcast, and the television audience will vote to save their favorite artists. In the end, one artist will be named "The Voice" and receive the grand prize of a recording contract.

Manny Keith Has a Lovely Voice on Dua Lipa's "Break My Heart" | The Voice Blind Auditions 2021

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Emanuel or "Manny" used to sing at Grace Christian center. Congratulations!

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