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West Warwick's Johnny Gates advances on NBC’s 'The Voice'

THE VOICE -- "Battle Rounds" -- Pictured: Johnny Gates -- (Photo by: Tyler Golden/NBC)

Rhode Island native Johnny Gates is continuing his stint on the latest season of NBC's "The Voice," as he advanced on the show’s first series of battle rounds.

Gates competed against Sammie Zonana of Austin, Texas, Tuesday night.

Ahead of their performance, they received some pointers from pop superstar Celine Dion.

Gates and Zonana sang a duet of Dion’s hit song, “I Drove All Night,” with their coach, Gwen Stefani, choosing Gates to move forward in the competition.

“I’ve only played in bands my whole life," Gates said. "Gwen is helping me discover who I am as a solo artist and I feel like she knows the steps that I have to take.”

Stefani said she picked Gates for a few different reasons, highlighting his talent and courage.

“Johnny’s super gifted," she said. "He’s unique and his attitude is so brave. You just want to give him that shot.”

Other coaches, including Maroon 5 lead singer Adam Levine, shared similar sentiments.

“Johnny, you have a thing and it’s hard to ignore that,” Levine said, with country artist Blake Shelton and R&B singer Alicia Keys agreeing.

Gates's rendition of "Maggie May" got three of four coaches to turn their chairs in his blind audition.

Gates, 32, hails from West Warwick, but has been pursuing a music career in Los Angeles.

The field of artists is cut from 48 to 32 during the battle rounds. The knockout rounds follow, which cuts the field to 20 artists.

Singers are gradually eliminated during live performances until one is crowned "The Voice."

"The Voice" airs at 8 p.m. Mondays and Tuesdays on NBC 10.


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