[WATCH] ‘The Voice’ Top 8: Billy Gilman shakes the rafters with ‘I Surrender’

Billy Gilman has been the presumed frontrunner throughout Season 11 of “The Voice.” And week after week he has offered up varied song genres that have continued to keep him as a very strong contender to win the championship. Monday’s Top 8 performance of the Celine Dion tune “I Surrender” was no exception (watch above). If he does indeed win, his coach Adam Levine, 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.

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Regarding Monday’s performance, our writer Denton Davidson says: “Gilman closed the show Monday with yet another powerhouse performance that shook the rafters off the rooftop, but for some reason I wasn’t as blown away as I felt I should have been. While the notes he hits are beyond impressive, it feels as though Gilman is out to prove something rather than feel the lyrics of the songs he sings. That being said, you can’t deny the talent of this guy and it would be a travesty if he weren’t in the finale.”

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” by Adele (top 11), and “Anyway” by Martina McBride (top 10).

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