The 11th season of The Voice has had a lighter tone overall, but part one of the season finale revealed just how close the competition is, especially between fan favorites Billy Gilman and Sundance Head.
On what would have been Frank Sinatra’s 101st birthday, Gilman made a poignant statement to voters and coaches alike with his rendition of the crooner’s classic “My Way.” In front of a simple white backdrop, the 28-year-old former country star captivated the audience with his resonant voice and visible emotion. Showing fierce determination as he powered through the last verse in his upper register, Gilman’s performance left the coaches floored as ever.
Once knocked for lacking emotion in his performances, Gilman was holding back tears as coach Adam Levine said, “Everything this guy has been through was just poured out from his heart on that stage. How do you not feel like you just won The Voice just now?'” Later in the show, Gilman teamed up with his coach for a duet of The Everly Brothers’ “Bye Bye Love.” Gilman also debuted his original song “Because of Me,” a romantic ballad that showed his versatility as both performer and songwriter.
Meanwhile, soul country artist Sundance Head reminded any Gilman enthusiasts that he’s a viable threat to win. After describing his original song “Darlin’ Don’t Go,” as “…exactly what I want my sound to be,” Head stood center-stage with his guitar and delivered the reflective tune in his rich, warbling twang.
Head refused to let up by show’s end, performing a bluesy rendition of “At Last,” made famous by Etta James. Shelton summed up the performance, saying, “I literally could not be more excited, more happy, more proud. Sundance, it’s like somebody reached back into time and found this classy, iconic vocalist that went undiscovered.” Shelton later returned to the stage with Head for a fiery version “Treat Her Right,” which was originally written and recorded by Head’s father Roy and later covered by Billy “Crash” Craddock.
Tune in tonight, Tuesday, December 13th, at 8 p.m. ET for part 2 of The Voice season 11 finale and the competition’s live results for Gilman, Head, Josh Gallagher and Wé McDonald.
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