Gilman uses 'Fight Song' to knock out competitor on 'The Voice'
Hope Valley native Billy Gilman used "Fight Song" to knock out his competition Tuesday night and advance on NBC's "The Voice."
Gilman moves on to the live playoffs, which begin Nov. 7.
Gilman gave what the coaches thought was a near perfect performance of the Rachel Platten song, winning the knockout round against Ponciano Seoane of San Antonio, who sang Ed Sheeran's "I See Fire."
Miley Cyrus noted Gilman's "perfect voice" during his performance.
"I just think your voice is amazing," she told him.
But coach Adam Levine had to pick between the two, and he chose Gilman.
"That was heart-breaking because Ponciano actually had his best performance," Levine said. "Billy is just a kid that's gonna, I think, could win this whole thing."
Seoane was eliminated from the competition.
Gilman found fame on the country music charts as a 12-year-old. His career stalled as his voice changed and he came out as gay. Now 28, he is reinventing himself as a pop vocalist.
"You know, I've always said I'm a work in progress. It's never done. The work is never done. There's always new stuff to learn. And having an amazing coach like Adam giving me such amazing past knowledge of his experiences, his expertise as a producer and as an artist, it's invaluable," Gilman said.
"The Voice" airs at 8 p.m. Monday and Tuesday on NBC 10.