Performing “Fight Song” during the knockout round on Tuesday night’s episode of NBC’s The Voice, Billy Gilman’s impassioned performance of the empowering Rachel Platten hit packed enough punch to move him one step closer to victory.
The former country hitmaker, who was just 12 years old when he released his double-platinum-selling debut LP, has changed course musically, moving in a more pop direction and taking on rafter-rattling songs like this one and Adele’s “When We Were Young,” which earned him a spot on coach Adam Levine’s team during the blind auditions last month.
Gilman then competed in the battle rounds singing Michael Jackson’s “Man in the Mirror.” It wasn’t his first performance of a tune by the late King of Pop, however. In September 2001, Gilman was among the performers at Jackson’s 30th Anniversary concert staged at New York’s Madison Square Garden, singing the heart-tugging ballad “Ben,” just hours before the September 11th terrorist attacks.
The Voice returns Monday, October 31st, and on November 1st will present a special “Road to the Live Shows” episode with highlights from the season thus far.