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Television: ‘The Voice’ star Jackie Verna just wants to sing



Rarely was there an audience.

There was a debut gig at the Kennett Flash, an open mike night at Philly’s World Live Café, and some dates at Newtown Square’s amid the lattes at Newtown Square’s Burlap and Bean, but for most of her constantly singing life, Jackie Verna was a self-admitted “bedroom singer.”

“I just liked to sing, so there was me doing concerts of country and pop music in my bedroom,” Verna said by telephone from Los Angeles, where tonight at 8 p.m., she begins the live playoff rounds on NBC’s talent contest, “The Voice.”

Folks from Delco and Chester County can advance the West Chester resident’s position in the competition by texting and telephoning votes in her favor. Team captains Adam Levine, Alicia Keys, Blake Shelton, and Kelly Clarkson will no doubt have some say about who is this season’s champion. Jackie is on Team Adam and has been since being chosen by Levine during blind auditions, you know when the captains listen with their backs turned, then whip their chairs around when they hear someone they want to recruit.

Delco had an early entry in this year’s competition, Jamai from Chester, but he was eliminated in a contest within his own team headed by Keys.

Verna, as noted, has been belting out tunes since she discovered how much she enjoyed singing, and her voice, in middle school.

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