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Citadel graduate advances to playoffs on NBC's 'The Voice'

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Lee sang Hootie & the Blowfish's "Hold My Hand" for his blind audition. 

Citadel graduate Mitchell Lee, who The Post and Courier caught up with after discovering he had made it onto hit NBC show "The Voice," has advanced two more rounds since his debut blind audition on Sept. 23. 

First, he made it through the Battle Rounds on Oct. 17, when he was paired against Dennis Drummond on "Mr. Jones" by Counting Crows for a powerful duet. 

Lee's coach Blake Shelton selected the Citadel graduate to move on, while Drummond was stolen by Adam Levine. Let the #TeamBlake and #TeamAdam hashtag wars commence. 

Then, on Monday, Nov. 6, Lee made it through the Knockout Rounds, beating out opponent Anna Catherine DeHart by singing "I'll Be" by Edwin McCain. This was after receiving some helpful tips from special guest coach Kelly Clarkson. 

The playoffs are then the last of the recorded rounds on "The Voice," narrowing down the competition from 24 to 12 before the live performances. 

Viewers also found out a little more about the hometown hero. Lee does graphic design on the side in Nashville to make ends meet in between gigs but hopes to become a full-time musician. (He's already on his way!) 

The judges also commented that Lee had impressive stage presence and looked like he had been performing for many years.  

And we already know that he's attributed much of his success on the show to his time at The Citadel. 

"The Citadel showed me I could do things I didn’t think were possible when I didn’t have the option not to," Lee said. "That carries over to a dream you’re chasing, like this where you’re making sacrifices but you've got to go for it and figure it out along the way. Everything starts with, one, having a dream and, two, having the courage to actually pursue it."

Keep pursuing it, Mitchell! We're rooting for you. 

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Reach Kalyn Oyer at 843-371-4469. Follow her on Twitter @sound_wavves.

Kalyn Oyer is a Charleston native and the features editor for The Post and Courier. She's a music festival and concert photographer and avid showgoer who used to write about music for the Charleston City Paper as well as national publications.

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