VIDEO: Fort Wayne Snider and Huntington University grad Christiana Hicks turns three chairs on The Voice blind auditions

Snider High School and Huntington University graduate Christiana Danielle Hicks performs on NBC's The Voice. (photo courtesy of NBC)

It may be a new season of NBC’s singing competition “The Voice,” but there is another Fort Wayne connection advancing to the battle rounds. Snider High School and Huntington University graduate Christiana Danielle Hicks turned three of four chairs during her rendition of Drake’s “Hotline Bling,” leaving Blake Shelton as the only judge who didn’t turn his chair around. Adam Levine, Addison Agen’s coach on last season’s show, Kelly Clarkson and Alicia Keys all turned around for Hicks.

Levine, who was the first judge to turn his chair, referred to Hicks as a “gem.” He went on to say that she was “one of the greatest gifts we have been given on this show . . . your voice humbles me and your presence humbles me.” Levine’s praise didn’t end there. “Christiana, you are one of the best singers that I have ever heard in my life.”

Clarkson added, “It does not matter who you pick, you can win this show.” Keys followed Clarkson by referring to Hicks as stunning. “I cannot even contain myself from the way you make us feel,” Keys followed. “I feel like you just brought Ella Fitzgerald in through Drake.”

Shelton even apologized for not turning around but told Hicks he had no business trying to throw his hat into the ring, and that she was about to “enter the weed eater” of other judges fighting for Hicks. Hayes referenced her background in jazz, blues, soul and country as what has influenced her musically, before selecting Keys as her coach.

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