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Current and Former FFA Members Appear in Semifinals of NBC’s The Voice

Author: Kristy

NBC’s The Voice contestants Jake Worthington (left) and Kat Perkins (right) have FFA ties. (Photos by NBC)

Before Jake Worthington took the stage of NBC’s The Voice Monday night, he made sure the world knew how proud he was of his roots — including membership in the National FFA Organization.

Jake, 18, is a member of the La Porte FFA Chapter in Texas. He’s one of the final five contestants in Season 6 of the show hoping to win a recording contract in the season finale on May 20. Monday night, he sang two songs — Waylon Jennings’ “Good Ol’ Boys” and “Heavens” by Bryan Adams.

During the segment before his first performance, Jake talked about the support he’s had from his small Texas hometown and his experience in FFA.

“Some of the best times I had in my high school experience were being in FFA, taking classes on agriculture,” Worthington said. “I’ve learned how to feed and raise animals. I plan on going to a junior college and hopefully finding a way to get in to (Texas) A&M.”

After singing Jennings’ classic, Worthington was praised by all three celebrity judges (Usher, Adam Levine and Blake Shelton) for his authenticity.

“”I want America to know that this is guy that you think he is,” Shelton said to Worthington. “You’re the real deal. You’re somebody that needs to be on the radio and on country music. We need you right now. We need a young guy who is proud to represent traditional country music the way you do. I mean, an 18-year-old kid came out here and just sang Waylon Jennings on The Voice!”

Surprisingly Worthington isn’t the only of the five contestants left with ties to FFA.

Kat Perkins, a former member of the Scranton FFA Chapter in North Dakota, sang “Let It Go” from Disney’s Frozen and “Chandelier” by Australian singer-songwriter Sia in the semifinal episide.

Both Perkins, 33, and Worthington now hope to advance to the final round of The Voice during an episode Tuesday night. Voting remains open for all five contestants until Noon eastern on Tuesday, May 13.

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