Monday night marked the live playoffs on NBC's The Voice, as the top 20 were narrowed down to the top 12. Fans could vote in real time to save their favorites on each team, and the results were announced the same night. For Billy Gilman, a contestant on Team Adam, viewer support has been especially meaningful.
As Gilman revealed in his audition earlier this season, he was a country star at a young age and even received a Grammy nomination for his song "One Voice." After some time out of the spotlight, The Voice has given him a new shot to "finally sing the way I so badly wanted to even then."
For Monday's performance, Gilman chose to sing "Crying" by Roy Orbison. During a Facebook Live interview with his fellow team members, Gilman explained that he used to sing it when he was young: "It's been a part of my history. My family loves the song, so it was just a natural fit."
Gilman's powerful take on the song resonated with viewers, who voted to send him through to the next round. After the show, he expressed his deep appreciation for the incredible support:
It's been a long road. I can't tell you how many doors I walked out of — "No, it's not gonna happen, you're a child star has-been." I've heard it all, and the struggle got to the point where I almost gave up. And this moment, and these moments leading up to it — because of all of you watching and downloading and voting, I have a voice again, and I hope to inspire you like you are inspiring me to be my best.
Gilman joins Brendan Fletcher and Josh Gallagher as the remaining contestants on Team Adam. We can't wait to see what he does next.