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'The Voice' contestants turn eyes on the Bluff City

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(WMC-TV) – Grace Askew rocked country music star Blake Shelton on "The Voice" Tuesday night.

The Memphian went up against pop singer Trevor Davis. They battled it out with the song "Me and Bobby McGee," an original written by Kris Kristofferson and Fred Foster. Roger Miller originally performed the song and Janis Joplin made it popular.

Blake ended up picking Askew because he loved her personality and because he says she did the song the "right way".

The City of Memphis is reaping the benefits from the four local contestants appearing on "The Voice" this season.

"Millions of dollars of free advertising for the Memphis brand," said Kevin Kane, president of the Memphis Convention and Visitors Bureau.

Four contestants battling it out on the show got their start right here in Bluff City bars, on Beale street, in area churches and schools.

"I think it's speaks volumes about not only our great legacy but also our present," Kane said. "Where we are going in the future."

It is free publicity for Memphis that will last all the way until a winner is picked. Wouldn't it be something if we got down to the end with several Memphis contestants still singing it out? It's entirely possible.

"It's not uncommon to have Memphians as part of all of these shows," said Kane.

But this many is rare. Sarah Simmons, Grace Askew, Kris Thomas and Patrick Dodd are all in the running.

Kane says no doubt this media attention is bringing tourists or will bring them to Memphis to see all the city has to offer.

So how are you cheering on your favorite Memphis contestant? Tweet @LindseyRBrown to let her know.

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