‘The Voice’ loses its final New Yorker this season with Zaxai’s elimination

Zaxai, the city’s final competitor on this season of “The Voice,” was cut Tuesday night after previously being given a second chance at the winner’s title by judge Kelly Clarkson.

“When she stole me, I was elated and ecstatic,” says Alberto Pierre, the 29-year-old Flatbush native, who performs under the moniker Zaxai (pronounced zahk-EYE). “The way they edited it, you couldn’t see my full, full reaction, but I wish you could because it’s so funny. She [Clarkson] pressed the button and I jumped up super high and said, ‘can I hug her?’ ”

Clarkson stole Zaxai from rival judge Jennifer Hudson’s team during a battle that aired last month, helping him become the only New Yorker to make it to the talent competition series’ live rounds.

On Monday, he performed a rendition of Leo Sayer’s “When I Need You” while a smiling Clarkson listened along. On Tuesday, he was cut.

“What I hope to gain from ‘The Voice’ is just a crazy diverse fun fanbase,” says the Haitian-American singer who found his voice at age 13 while performing with his church’s gospel choir. “I want a crazy fan base that’s ready to ride or die with me on this journey.”

With “The Voice” behind him, Zaxai is headed back to Brooklyn, where he performs with his band Date Night at Baku Palace on Emmons Avenue. Below, he reflects on his time on “The Voice.”

You and Kelly Clarkson had a run-in meeting a few years before your fates collided on “The Voice.”

OK, so [in 2010] I was working at Radio City Music Hall as an usher, and when you’re stationed at stage left or right — I’m 6’2 I’m super tall — you’re supposed to keep the aisles clear and keep people from jumping on chairs. So, I’m crouched and my head is against the stage. I don’t realize she’s behind me — I’m looking at the kids jumping into the aisle and I’m trying to keep it clear. I notice the kids want to rush, but I wasn’t sure why. I felt a thump on the back of my head and I look above me and it’s Kelly Clarkson. I was like “Holy smokes, it’s Kelly Clarkson.” I promise you I’m starstruck. I’m fixed on her. Little do I know the kids took that opportunity to run up the aisle into her. She didn’t [notice] because she’s in the moment. She didn’t care and I really didn’t care. I told my friends I’d never wash my head again.

Rockefeller Center tree lighting performers: John Legend will sing us into the holiday season

John Legend is set to perform under the Rockefeller Center Christmas tree Nov. 28 during the annual lighting ceremony, NBC announced.

It’s only fitting that this year’s honor is bestowed upon Legend. Last year, Gwen Stefani sang of the seasons after the release of her holiday album, “You Make It Feel Like Christmas.” This time around, Legend is stepping under the mistletoe to deliver “A Legendary Christmas.”

Legend will be joined by Diana Ross, Tony Bennett, Diana Krall, Brett Eldredge, Darci Lynne Farmer, Martina McBride, Pentatonix and Kellie Pickler. The network promises additional acts still to be announced, and a special appearance is also set to feature “America’s Got Talent” judge Howie Mandel.

As usual, “Today” co-anchors, this year including Hoda Kotb, Savannah Guthrie, Al Roker and Craig Melvin, will serve as hosts for the annual special.

The tree will be lit at Rock Center at 7 p.m., and the artists are slated to take to the stage at West 48th and West 51st streets between 8 and 9 p.m. This year’s main attraction — a 72-foot Norway spruce from upstate Wallkill — will be decked out with more than 50,000 multi-colored LED holiday lights, and topped off with a new Swarovski crystal star weighing a whopping 900 pounds.