By now, most folks know Billy Gilman auditioned for NBC’s The Voice. The former child star — who was nominated for a Grammy, for crying out loud — posted to social media about it a few weeks ago.
So most fans of the singer and the show waited with baited breath to see how he did. (Spoiler alert: when somebody says they “auditioned,” it usually means they did well).
The Voice just shared this clip of Gilman completely mastering Adele’s “When We Were Young.” The singer’s youthful tenor certainly developed into a robust, full voice. And it’s like you could almost see in the judge’s faces they knew something felt familiar.
Then, when Blake Shelton asks his name, it all clicks.
Having all four judges turn around for you must be nice. Especially when one of those judges has one of the best voices of the last 20 years.
But on the other hand, it’s a cruel twist of fate that Gilman finds himself at the mercy of a singing show after reaching the Top 20 on the country charts at the age of 12. Thanks to his hit single “One Voice,” he achieved a lot of success before Blake Shelton. He also toured with Miley Cyrus’ dad.
In fact, Gilman has a double platinum album under his belt. And, let’s be honest, he can sing circles around three quarters of the judge’s panel.
The 28-year-old Gilman disappeared from the limelight in the mid-2000s. He reemerged and earned headlines in late 2014 when he came out as gay. That makes him one of the few current or former country stars to do so.
Who did he pick to coach him? You have to watch Tuesday’s episode at 7 p.m. CST to find out. Regardless of how far he goes on the show, we hope he doesn’t slip through the cracks again.