‘The Voice’ playoffs 2017: Keisha Renee advances to live shows thanks to ‘Love Can Build a Bridge’ [WATCH]

Night 1 of the playoffs aired Monday night on “The Voice” Season 13, with gospel/country artist Keisha Renee performing The Judds‘ “Love Can Build a Bridge” for Team Blake Shelton. The performance impressed Shelton so much that he advanced Renee to the live shows on NBC’s reality TV program, along with Chloe Kohanski and Red Marlow. Watch Renee’s winning performance from “The Voice” playoffs above.

Our writer Denton Davidson live-blogged the episode, and as he noted, “Jennifer Hudson told Blake he needs to keep her in the competition. Adam Levine said he has never heard a version of that song like that. He added that Blake is stupid, but not stupid enough to let her go. Blake said he’s definitely a member of her fan club. There’s no way Blake is going to let her go.”

Back in her blind audition, Renee performed “I Can’t Stop Loving You” and all four coaches turned their chairs around: Shelton, Miley Cyrus, Levine and Hudson. The next time we saw Renee in the battle rounds, she and Noah Mac sang “I’m So Lonesome I Could Cry” and Renee was declared the winner by her coach Shelton. In the knockouts Renee was paired up against Kathrina Feigh, with Renee proving victorious thanks to her rendition of “I Hope You Dance.”

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Renee is 30 years old and currently resides in Las Vegas, Nevada. Here’s the official NBC bio: “Keisha was born in Los Angeles and grew up singing at church. Gospel music is definitely her foundation, but after high school she moved to Houston where she discovered country music. Though she fell in love with country, it took her a long time to pursue it because she was often told she would be better suited for pop or R&B. Keisha spent seven years working as a professional background singer, and for the last five years her boss has been Nicki Minaj. Touring with Nicki was absolutely amazing, but after having her daughter Amari two years ago, Keisha underwent a big lifestyle change. Throughout her life she has always struggled with her weight and during her pregnancy she weighed 356 pounds and was diagnosed with diabetes. It was a huge wake-up call for her and Keisha feels having her daughter helped save her life. She has since lost the weight and feels like now is the time to finally go after her true dream of becoming a country artist.”

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