All throughout Season 11 of “The Voice,” contender Billy Gilman has tried to distance himself from his country roots as a former child star. On Monday night, he embraced his past with a return to form by singing “Anyway” (watch above). He led off the Top 10 show performing for Team Adam Levine, who is trying to win his fourth title as a coach. 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: “After a few weeks of soaring pop songs, Billy turned back to his roots with a country song, The arrangement and delivery of this Martina McBride song still felt very pop though, which is where Billy wants to take his music and I think where he fits, but at the same time defeats the purpose of him taking on a country track. Billy’s ability is very much in the vein of the show’s two most recent winners so it’s hard to imagine him not in the finals, but this wasn’t his strongest show.”
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, and “All I Ask” by Adele (top 11).
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