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It's a battle of soul this week on The Winner Is.

In this exclusive sneak peek of Thursday's episode (9/8c, NBC), Jersey girl Alexa takes on James Brown-reincarnated James Chapelle. After the two acts finish their respective performances of Alicia Keys' "Girl on Fire" and Sam and Dave's "Soul Man," the studio audience is nearly unanimous regarding the winner.

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With an 89 to 12 vote, are both Alexa and James confident enough in their performance or will one of them take the money and run? Watch the video below to find out.