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ST. MARYS â€“ Pip is once again scheduled to appear on NBC's "The Voice" tonight during a two-hour live show that will run from 8 to 10 p.m. He will once again need votes to continue to advance-- if he makes it past an instant elimination by his coach, Adam Levine.
The four remaining members from Levine's and Cee Lo Green's teams will all perform on Monday evening. The three who make it through the instant elimination will vie for votes from fans. Voting will again run from 10 p.m. Monday through 10 a.m. Tuesday, with fans able to call a toll-free number, vote online at www.nbc.com/the-voice, or vote via text message for their favorite singers. Individuals are able to vote up to 10 times using each method. Results from the voting will be announced during another live show on Tuesday evening at 9 p.m. The singer on each team who receives the most votes will be saved, while the remaining two must each perform an additional song in hopes of being saved by their coach.
Laura (Arnold) Claypool, Pip's aunt, will once again be holding a viewing party at ChinAmerica Palace in St. Marys on Monday.
Pip, the 19-year-old son of St. Marys native Jim Arnold, has continued to gain popularity among fans. Sam Smith, a freshman at Duquesne University, first heard about the aspiring singer in February when she saw a post on Facebook from Pip's cousin and her former ECC classmate, David Bojalad, asking people to watch "The Voice."
"Besides the fact that he (Pip) has an amazing voice and can pull off the bowtie/suspenders style, I'm a fan because he communicates with his fans. He is constantly liking and commenting on people's posts on his Facebook wall. One time I mentioned that I got my picture taken by the 'Vote for Pip' sign at the car wash and he encouraged me to upload it to the page," Smith said.
Karisa Krieg, a freshman at Robert Morris University, also heard about Pip from Bojalad and decided to check him out on "The Voice."
Of the three songs Pip has performed so far on "The Voice," both Krieg and Smith said that his performance of "House of the Rising Sun" during his blind audition was their favorite.
"The way he held the last note was impressive," Smith said.
Both Smith and Krieg have also tried to encourage others to support Pip as well.
"I haven't held big viewing parties, but at school I try to encourage my friends to watch and vote for him," Krieg said.
Smith, on the other hand, has helped Pip gain a considerable following at Duquesne.
"I made posters and put them all over my door and around campus. I also host viewing/voting parties, but so many people come now that I think we are going to have to move to somewhere else on campus so that we can fit more people," Smith said.
More information on Pip can be found on his website, www.pipmusic.com, or at www.nbc.com/the-voice.
Pick up a copy of the Monday, April 23, 2012 edition of The Ridgway Record for more.