Fort Wayne’s Christiana Danielle delivers strong performance, but will have to sing again to get into Top 12 on ‘The Voice’
Christiana Hicks of Fort Wayne sang next to last out of 24 competitors Monday night on “The Voice,” but she delivered a performance that had the audience waving their hands with her and had her celebrity coach, Alicia Keys, and coach Blake Shelton giving her standing ovation after she finished.
It wasn’t quite enough to earn viewers’ vote to get sent through Monday night to the Top 12 rounds, so Hicks, who competes as Christiana Danielle on the show, will have to sing Tuesday or Wednesday for a second chance to move on to the Top 12 round. Hicks and other Team Alicia members likely will sing Tuesday night, based on host Carson Daly’s comments.
This first night of the live playoffs featured all 24 remaining contestants singing, with TV viewers having about a 20-minute window during and shortly after team members’ performances to vote for which one member of the team advanced Monday night to the Top 12.
For Team Alicia, viewers selected Britton Buchanan, who was the last person of the night to perform.
Competitors who weren’t voted through Monday night will sing again on one of the “The Voice” playoffs shows at 8 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday. By the end of Wednesday’s show, TV viewers again will select one more person from each team to move onto the Top 12.
People can cast votes by using “The Voice” smartphone app and by using Twitter to tweet or retweet messages containing the special hashtags set up for the contestant by the show. Hick’s main Twitter hashtag for voting is #VoicePlayoffsChristiana; the other hashtags are various misspellings of her first name.
Also Wednesday night, celebrity coaches Keys, Shelton, Adam Levine and Kelly Clarkson each get to pick one more of their team members to advance to the Top 12, giving each team three members in the Top 12.
Hicks, 23, hoped to win over TV viewers’ attention with what she earlier called a “surprise” version of the song, “Hey Ya!,” by OutKast.
“I’m really switching up a song,” the Fort Wayne native said prior to the show during a phone interview from Los Angeles, where she and other contestants were rehearsing for this week’s shows. “I hope America will receive it well. I think it is a song that is most authentic to me.”
Hicks, a Snider High School and Huntington University graduate, will have to perform another song on Tuesday or Wednesday. She also was preparing that song prior to Monday night’s broadcast.
Clarkson’s team was the first to perform Monday night. Viewer voting results for Team Kelly, which were announced about 8:50 p.m., selected 14-year-old Brynn Cartelli to go on to the Top 12.
Levine’s team performed second, with voters sending team member Sharane Callister to the Top 12 round. They were followed by Shelton’s team, from whom TV viewers picked Kyla Jade to advance to the next round.
Hicks’ Team Alicia provided the final performances of the night, and Hicks sang fifth among the team’s six members.
In the preview of her team before they sang, Keys described using her “save” in the knockout round to keep Hicks on the show, saying, “I saved Christiana because she is so special.
“She is one of the most talented people on the show,” Keys added.