Ricky Duran

Worcester Native Has Shot at Glory in Tonight's Finale of ‘The Voice'

The series, which airs on NBC, runs part two of its series finale Tuesday night

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Worcester's Ricky Duran could be on the verge of a seriously big break.

The Grafton, Massachusetts, native is among the final four contestants on NBC's "The Voice," which airs part two of its season finale on Tuesday night.

He has a cheering section back home — watch parties are being held for Duran, 30, in Worcester during the finale, including at the Worcester Beer Garden & Pavilion during Tuesday's viewing from 9 to 11 p.m.

A packed house in Millbury cheered on Worcester's Ricky Duran, a finalist on The Voice.

About 20 or 30 friends and family members also flew in from Massachusetts, Florida and Guatemala to see him perform live on the show.

The Berklee College of Music graduate said he's ready to learn his fate.

"I'm not nervous at all," Duran said. "I feel like everyone in the top four kind of won already, all the exposure that we've had."

Worcester native Ricky Duran, on Team Blake, is one of four contestants moving onto the finale after four others went home Tuesday night.

Each of the four finalists sang three songs — one original, one cover and one holiday-themed duet with their coach — on Monday. The winner will be revealed Tuesday, earning $100,000 and a recording contract.

"It's definitely emotional," said Duran's sister, Julia Tomaiolo. "He's singing songs that represent our family. Especially 'Let It Be' -- that one is just a tearjerker because it brought us back to my dad singing it and my uncle. It's unbelievable, but also heartwarming and awesome to watch."

On Tuesday morning, Duran's original song sat at number one on the Apple Music charts, one spot ahead of his coach, Blake Shelton.

"Did you see the Apple Music charts this morning?" said Duran's cousin, Paulina Castillo. "I had it playing all night. Woke up to it this morning, so I contributed!"

Duran told us that, win or lose, he's heading back home — and will try to bring Shelton back there or to Boston for a concert, too.

Duran, who now lives in Austin, Texas, could become the second winner from Central Massachusetts. Alisan Porter, a native of Worcester, won Season 10 in 2016.

A watch party applauded when Worcester native Ricky Duran made the top 10.

"If he wins, what's the celebration going to be like -- oh, it's going to be insane," said Tomaiolo, Duran's sister. "It's going to be crazy. We took over the hotel, so it's going to be crazy. And if he doesn't win, it's still going to be insane because it's going to be such a celebration. He's making us so proud it's unbelievable."

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