More than 11 million viewers turned on “The Voice” last night and saw Sulphur Springs singer Hannah Kirby during the national singing competition. Tuesday evening marked the battle round where Kirby advanced despite almost being eliminated from the cutthroat competition.
Hannah was first shown on television Monday evening during the blind audition portion of the competition. Contestants had the chance to be chosen by teams led by country music singer Blake Shelton, entertainment producer/singer Pharrell Williams, or pop musicians Adam Levine and Christina Aguilera.
In Monday’s televised episode, Hannah was chosen to be a part of Blake Shelton's team moments before her performance was complete.
“Throughout the entire song I knew no one was turning around for me and I was so surprised. I was nervous but kept doing my thing. When Blake finally hit his button and turned around, I felt so calm in that moment, despite having so many emotions going through me. It was absolutely amazing,” said Kirby.
Moving forward, Kirby had to duel teammate Sarah Potenza with the song “Gimme Shelter” in Tuesday night’s televised part of the battle rounds competition. After rehearsing the song together under the guidance of Shelton and advisor Meghan Trainor, Kirby was predicted to be the underdog in the battle.
Once the competition between Kirby and Potenza began, the surprise of the judges in Kirby’s singing abilities could be seen repeatably in their facial expressions. After the dynamic performance, all four judges had a hard time giving their vote to either singer.
“What I didn’t know is that Hannah was going to come out here and blow it out of the water,” said Aguilera. “There was passion and the crazy fireworks exuded from both of you [Kirby and Potenza]. I have to applaud you.”
Levine gave similar praise to Kirby during his critique of the battle.
“Hello, Hannah. Wow, Sarah is tough. Shame on us [the coaches] because we were expecting a murder, but I’m telling you right now, the shear shock was this was completely even and I have to give this one to you,” said Levine.
Because it’s Shelton’s team, his vote is the only one that counts. He had to choose which of his teammates would go forward on his team. Shelton did not choose the underdog in the battle.
“You guys both did great. ... Winner of this battle is Sarah,” said Shelton.
With Shelton’s decision, Kirby was faced either with elimination or she could be stolen by another coach to add their team. Host Carson Daly asked the remaining coaches if anyone wanted to draft Kirby onto their team. Levine and Williams both slammed their buzzers. After some deliberation Kirby chose Williams to be her new coach.
With Kirby hanging in there for another week, she will have stiff competition in the coming knock out round. Each coach will pit contestants against one another. In this round, coaches from other teams will not be able to take contestants after they have been eliminated. Winners of the knock out round go on to the live competition with the public voting.
“The Voice” is on NBC on Mondays and Tuesday evenings at 7 p.m.
The performances can be downloaded at iTunes.com/TheVoice.