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Gilman advances to next round on NBC's 'The Voice'

THE VOICE -- Season: 11 -- Pictured: Billy Gilman -- (Photo by: Chris Haston/NBC)

Rhode Island singer Billy Gilman is moving on to the next round on NBC's "The Voice."

Gilman was victorious in the “Battle Rounds” Monday night, continuing his stint on the reality TV singing competition.

He defeated Andrew DeMuro during a performance of Michael Jackson’s “Man in the Mirror” on Monday night’s show.

“It’s been a struggle,” Gilman said through tears shortly after his win. “I just feel so happy and so validated because that hasn’t happened in a very long time.”

Gilman, a native of Hope Valley, is trying to make a comeback as a pop vocalist after hitting the top of the country charts in 2000 as an 11-year-old.

Gilman, 28, sang a rendition of the Adele ballad "When We Were Young" in the blind auditions, which got all four coaches to turn their chairs. He chose Maroon 5 frontman Adam Levine as his coach. The singer said his performance was the highest charting audition song on iTunes in the history of "The Voice."

"(Adam) was the first one to turn around. And it took me all I had not to break down. Coming from a child star situation, it's not the funnest. And to finally have that validation, it was just amazing. Like I said, it took me all I had not to break down in that moment, which is embarrassing in that moment. but luckily, it didn't," Gilman said about the blind auditions.

“He’s been a professional since he was young,” Levine said. “You’re drawn into what he’s doing. It’s amazing.”

"The Voice" airs at 8 p.m. Monday on NBC 10.

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