Former child country star Billy Gilman, who is determined to reinvent himself as a pop singer, is already well on his way to doing that on season 11 of NBC’s “The Voice.”
Week after week, the 28-year-old artist has continued to blow everybody away with his amazing renditions of hits like Adele’s “When We Were Young,” Queen’s “The Show Must Go On” and Rachel Platten’s “Fight Song.”
This week, during the popular sing-off show’s Top 11 episode, Billy borrowed another song from Adele’s catalog. He delivered a teary-eyed version of her smash hit, “All I Ask,” in hopes to keep his place in the competition.
Billy showcased his vulnerable side on “All I Ask,” as he took the stage dressed in a clean-cut suit. A ginormous clock worked as a stellar backdrop to his performance, while he flaunted his spectacular falsetto and delivered subtle nuances on lyrics that tout the curiosity of ever being able to fall in love again. Needless to say, it made for one heck of a moment for judges and viewers to witness.
After Billy’s performance, coach Blake Shelton was first to comment. And, let’s just say that the country crooner appeared to be star struck.
“Billy, I’m running out of awesome things to say about you. I think the question is, do you ever hit a bad note? Is it possible? No, it’s not!” raved Blake, “It’s unbelievable. That is, like, perfect. That’s what you would come out of the studio with if you spent a week in there just punching and popping and all that stuff.”
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Billy’s coach Adam Levine then added, “You sing all the perfect notes, but it doesn’t matter if you don’t feel it. I think that for the first time in your stretch on this show, you really made me feel something. It felt so pure and real and honest, and I think that is so important. See that sign that says ‘The Voice’? You are everything that THAT stands for and more. I couldn’t be prouder. I think that you did an absolutely amazing job.”
Folks who love Billy don’t have to worry, because his powerful performance helped squeeze him into the Top 10 on Nov. 22. “The Voice” airs Monday and Tuesday nights on NBC.