Billy Gilman took on the master Frank Sinatra on Monday’s episode of “The Voice.” It was the live performance finale for Season 11, and Gilman opened the two-hour show with the classic song “My Way” (watch above). Will it be enough for the former child star and his coach Adam Levine to win this season when results are announced on Tuesday? He currently has first place 2/3 odds in our Gold Derby predictions center, leading We` McDonald (3/1), Sundance Head (7/1), and Josh Gallagher (25/1). A victory would mean his coach would then have a record-tying fourth trophy as the top mentor. He is up against long-time rival Blake Shelton plus rookie coaches Miley Cyrus and Alicia Keys this season.
Regarding Monday’s performance, our writer John Benutty says: “The idea behind taking on Sinatra is that Billy was ‘flipping the coin'” in terms of what he’s presented on the show before. I’m not sure he succeeded in showing a new side of him — this was still very much the towering vocals we’re used to seeing from him. But as the first performance of the night, Billy set the bar really high for everything that came after it.”
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, “Crying” (top 20) by Roy Orbison, “The Show Must Go On” (top 12) by Queen, “All I Ask” (top 11) by Adele, and “Anyway” (top 10) by Martina McBride, and “I Surrender” (top 8) by Celine Dion.
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