After years away from the spotlight, former child country star Billy Gilman burned bright on The Voice last night (Sept. 20).
Billy’s performance of Adele’s “When We Were Young” was impressive enough that all four judges—Adam Levine, Miley Cyrus, Blake Shelton and Alicia Keys—swiveled their chairs around in approval.
Billy, 28, shot to stardom in 2000 at the age of 11 when he became the youngest artist to earn a Top 40 hit with his first single, “One Voice,” which eventually peaked at No. 20. Billy released his last studio album in 2006 and had maintained a relatively low profile, until releasing an emotional video in 2014 in which he shared that he was gay.
Adam, who was the first to turn his chair around, jockeyed back and forth with Miley about wanting Billy to join his team, before Billy was forced to make a decision.
“I’ve never been so nervous in my life,” said Billy. “I have to say one thing, one of the biggest impressions, was the moment you [Blake] won your first ACM Award, I believe, and you stomped up those stairs, that image stayed with me until this day. However, I pick Adam.”
— Billy Gilman (@BillyGilman) September 21, 2016
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