West Warwick's Johnny Gates eliminated from NBC’s 'The Voice'

THE VOICE -- "Knockout Rounds" -- Pictured: (l-r) Hunter Plake, Johnny Gates -- (Photo by: Tyler Golden/NBC)

West Warwick's Johnny Gates was eliminated from NBC’s “The Voice” on Monday night.

Gates competed and lost against Louisiana native Hunter Plake during the knockout rounds, with Plake singing, “I Want to Know What Love Is,” by Foreigner.

Their coach, pop superstar Gwen Stefani, ultimately decided that Plake will move forward in the competition to the live playoffs.

“There’s something so positive about you, Johnny,” Stefani said. “To see you in this moment where you’re in this ‘commercial’ kind of place where it’s so different from everything you’ve done so far and you’re handing it so well. Honestly, tonight you really put it all together and did an incredible job.”.

Gates, who performed Lady Gaga’s, “Million Reasons,” said despite his loss, his singing career will go on.

“I just want to thank you for taking a chance on me,” Gates told Stefani. “The whole experience has proved to me that no matter what happened tonight, that I can keep on doing this."

Plake also escaped elimination in the battle rounds when Stefani "stole" him from Alicia Keys' team. He said while he’s looking forward to the rest of the competition, he’s baking enjoying his most recent victory.

“That was the most insane moment of my life,” he said.

The knockout rounds will trim the field of 32 artists to 20.

A second contestant with ties to Rhode Island is still in the competition. Troy Ramey, who went to Rogers High School in Newport, is awaiting his knockout round matchup.

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

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