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Glenbrook North Grad Qualifies on The Voice

Todd Kessler shaved his dreadlocks before appearing on the singing competition, despite the show's blind audition process which gives people of all hair types a chance to demonstrate their voice for pop stars.

Pop star Cee Lo Green was the winner on Tuesday night's episode the The Voice, but Todd Kessler is the hometown hero. The 2000 Glenbrook North alumnus and Chicago musician joined Team Cee Lo as one of 64 contestants to advance in to the second round of the prime time singing competition.

Kessler, 30, impressed Cee Lo Green in the show's blind audition round, during which judges in swivel chairs are facing away from auditioning contestants. Cee Lo first saw the bearded, bright-eyed Northbrook native after hearing Kessler's voice and inviting him to Team Cee Lo. 

Kessler will join 63 other contestants in the second round, where coaches such as Cee Lo develop their singing team before pitting the so-called teammates against one another in live duets.

After the vocal battle, coaches choose which of their singers to advance into the third round. Kessler's appearance might help in Cee Lo's deliberation process, Kessler recently adopted a relatively clean-cut look after cutting off waist-long dreadlocks. 

A music video for his band The New Folk features him cutting off the long locks.

According to The Voice, Kessler also works as a private music teacher, plays guitar, piano and often performs in bars and clubs around Chicago. He is on Twitter as @toddkessler

Know Todd from his days in Northbrook? Tell us about him in the comments section. 

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