Season 11 of The Voice is in full swing, and one of its contestants is former child country star Billy Gilman. During the first Battle Round, which aired Oct. 10, Gilman was paired up with fellow Team Adam hopeful Andrew DeMuro. The two both gave incredible performances during their duet of Michael Jackson’s “Man in the Mirror,” but Gilman came out the victor.
After the performance, all of the coaches complimented the singers. Blake Shelton thought they were pretty evenly matched, but in the end Adam went with Gilman. “I’m always choosing people I feel can win this thing,” Adam reasoned aloud while deciding. “I have to make my decision based on that.”
Gilman first shocked the judges with his blind audition, singing pop song “When We Were Young” by Adele. As soon as Blake heard his name, he knew who he was. That’s not surprising, since Gilman was a Grammy-nominated country singer in 2000.
At just 11 years old, Gilman was the youngest artist in music history to have a single on the Billboard Top 20 country chart. Gilman’s music career unfortunately took a dive when he hit puberty and his voice started to change.
On The Voice, he told the judges that he had to find himself, and now he knows the music he truly wants to make. Gilman is ready for a second shot, and we think he has a good chance of making it to the top!