Gilman sings final songs to convince America he has 'The Voice'
The two-night finale of NBC's talent show "The Voice" began Monday night.
Four singers -- including Rhode Island native Billy Gilman -- are vying for the show's title and the recording contract that goes with it.
Gilman was the first to take the stage, performing "My Way" with tears sparkling in his eyes. He also sang two other songs, including "Bye Bye Love," as well as an original, "Because of Me."
His coach, Adam Levine, who is the singer of Maroon 5, said working with Gilman has been a thrill.
"I know this is an emotional moment for you because everything this guy has been through was just poured out from his heart on that stage,” Levine said.
Professional success came at age 12 for Gilman, but it didn't last. He scored a country hit with "One Voice" in 2000, but he withdrew from Nashville when his voice changed.
"There were years I thought I was nuts because everyone was saying no," Gilman said.
Gilman has taken inspiration from last season's win by former child star Alisan Porter. He's also transitioned to pop vocals.
"One of the greatest things about America is, they love an underdog and everybody loves a second chance," Gilman said.
Gilman's vocal abilities throughout the competition have impressed the coaches.
"So happy to be ending this special journey with a song that sums up exactly how I feel about my time on @NBCTheVoice," Gilman said in a tweet Monday morning.
Sundance Head's name gets attention, but not as much as his country sound.
"I've been preparing for this week and this moment for 38 years," he said.
Head said he's also focused on more than winning.
"I wanted to stress to my children it's important to chase your dreams and if you follow through with your passion, it's never too late to do it," Head said.
Fellow finalist We McDonald is just 16, but she said that shouldn't define her.
"I don't focus on how young I am because I feel like I focus more on the fact that I'm the only girl here," McDonald said.
Days of playing for bar tips could be over for Pennsylvania native Josh Gallagher.
"I feel professional now," he said. "I feel like I've gained such a knowledge of the industry and how things work."
The winner, chosen by viewers through various voting methods, will be revealed in a two-hour wrap up at 9 p.m. Tuesday.
NBC 10's Emily Volz is in Los Angeles and will report on Gilman's road to the finale on NBC 10 newscasts.