Billy Gilman continues to break away from his previous country music career. Watch above as he sings “The Show Must Go On” by Queen on Monday’s live Top 12 episode of the NBC reality program “The Voice.” He is attempting to win Season 11 for his coach Adam Levine, which would mark the fourth career victory for the Maroon 5 frontman. Will the veteran coach be able to take down Blake Shelton, Miley Cyrus, and Alicia Keys this season?
Regarding Monday’s performance, our writer John Benutty says: “We all knew Billy would be a solid contestant throughout the season, but I don’t think anyone ever anticipated he would come out with a Freddie Mercury performance. Of course his voice was capable and he handled the task easily–it’s the theatricality and drama of a performance like this that was the important step forward for him to take.”
According to his official NBC bio, “At the age of 12, Billy released his first country album, One Voice, with Sony Records. The title track earned Billy a Grammy Award nomination for Best Male Country Vocal Performance and was on the Billboard Country Top 40 for seven weeks. Billy became the youngest artist to ever have a Top 40 hit and a 2x platinum album.”
Prior to this week’s live show, performances for the year by the Rhode Island native have been “When We Were Young” (blind audition song) by Adele, “Man in the Mirror” (battle song) by Michael Jackson, “Fight Song” (knockout song) by Rachel Platten, and “Crying” (top 20) by Roy Orbison.
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