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A “The Voice” favorite made Miley Cyrus jump out of her seat with this Dolly Parton megahit The Voice/YouTube screenshot
The Voice/YouTube screenshot

Coach Miley Cyrus seriously believes in her “The Voice” mentee Ali Caldwell. If she didn’t then she wouldn’t have trusted the aspiring star to perform the song that her godmother Dolly Parton wrote, titled “I Will Always Love You.”

The ballad, which was made famous in 1992 by the late Whitney Houston, has been covered numerous times. But, when Ali stepped out onstage on Dec. 5, jaws dropped to the floor.

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Ali looked like a goddess under the dim light. She donned a breathtaking ballgown covered in red roses. She packed so much emotion into the cut, while a choir of violins played in the background. Once she delivered the signature high note, Miley was on her feet.

Ali’s performance was all part of the reality singing competition show’s semi-finals, where the Top 8 competed for a chance to make it into the final four. Needless to say, Ali couldn’t have done a better job.

Alicia Keys was first to praise Ali for her performance and said, “I loved it. I loved everything about it. What a legendary song to sing. I love how you didn’t let that shake you. You have a powerful voice. It was almost a perfect performance.”

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Miley then added, “Alicia said everything I want to say but I am too excited to put into words. I feel like right now, in 2016, we are like Whitney and Dolly together. Our voices are so different and so is Whitney and so is Dolly, but together you share that emotion and that feeling and these lyrics, and you believe them. You don’t just focus on how high you can hit these notes. We all know that you can do that, but you never lost feeling. You sang as beautifully as you look and you are a rose.”

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Miley, we couldn’t agree more.

Nashville-based writer and Rare Country contributor Melinda Lorge has always been passionate about country music. Follow her @MelindaLorge and join the conversation @RareCountry.
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