Anatalia Villaranda came into the knockout rounds of The Voice with a vengeance. The Filipino-American singer performed Carrie Underwood’s 2012 hit “Two Black Cadillacs” for her coach Alicia Keys.
Villaranda received full marks from Keys for displaying a new side she hadn’t seen before. And as any singer knows, impressing with a Carrie Underwood tune isn’t easy. Her knockout competition Dawson Coyle sang Imagine Dragons’ “Demons.”
Even more impressive, Villaranda is only 16 years old. As you can see by the video below, she sings pretty dang confidently for a teenager. She was, as the kids say, “extra.”
From her deep tone to her near growl, she certainly gave it her all.
At the end of the day, Anatalia Villaranda really impressed the coaches. A lot of that goes to the song choice, too. The story of “Two Black Cadillacs” really allows for the singer to dig deep and deliver emotion.
The song follows two women who loved the same man. When they realize he hid both women from one another, they hatched a plan to kill him.
In other words, vintage Carrie Underwood. As her third single from album Blown Away, Underwood took the song to No. 2 on the charts.
Gwen Stefani said Anatalia Villaranda ruled the room. Rival coach Adam Levine said Anatalia is “the kind of person who is not going to stop until every person in this room hears” her. And Shelton said it’s just fun to be in the same room as her.
But the decision came down to coach Keys. Ultimately, she chose Villaranda over Dawson. That means the young singer advances on to the live rounds.
The Voice season 12 continues on with more knockout rounds next week. The live playoffs officially star April 17, when fans get a chance to vote for their favorite singers on their path to becoming “The Voice.”