Fort Wayne’s Christiana Danielle makes it to Top 12 on ‘The Voice’

Christiana Hicks, left, of Fort Wayne, reacts after her team's celebrity coach, selected Hicks to advance to the Top 12 competition on "The Voice." Also pictured are, from left, Johnny Bliss, Kelsea Johnson and Terrence Cunningham. (Photo by Tyler Golden/NBC)
Christiana Hicks of Fort Wayne advanced to the Top 12 on "The Voice" after her celebrity coach, Alicia Keys, picked her from four remaining team members during Wednesday night's show. TV viewers and show fans already had picked two members of each team to move on to the Top 12 competition, which begins Monday. (Photo by Tyler Golden/NBC)

Christiana Hicks of Fort Wayne has earned a trip to the Top 12 on “The Voice.”

Coach Alicia Keys made the decision after TV viewers and fans voted through team member Jackie Foster during voting results announced at the end of Wednesday night’s episode of the NBC vocal talent show.

“I’m going with my heart — I choose Christiana,” Keys said in announcing which of her four remaining team members she had selected to advance to the Top 12.

Hicks, 23, who competes as Christiana Danielle on “The Voice,” had delivered what may have been her most powerful performance yet on the show as she sang Hozier’s “Take Me to Church” during Tuesday night’s show. She and other remaining members of Keys’ team had performed Tuesday night in a second chance to make it to the show’s Top 12.

TV viewers and show fans voted one member of each team into the Top 12 during real-time voting on Monday night’s opening night of the live playoffs. Viewers got to send one more member of each team to the Top 12 through voting during Tuesday and Wednesday night’s performances.

The voting took place using “The Voice” smartphone app, on which a person could cast up to 10 votes for each contestant. Show viewers also could use Twitter, where a user could cast one vote for each contestant by sending a tweet or retweet containing one of the special hashtags the show set up for each performer.

Keys and the other celebrity coaches — Adam Levin, Kelly Clarkson and Blake Shelton — also had the opportunity at the end of Wednesday’s show to pick one member of their teams to advance to the Top 12, giving each team three performers entering the next round of competition next week.

Each of the coaches wrestled with the decision, and Levine said he hoped the show never used this process again.

Hicks made her case to stay in the competition by singing OutKast’s “Hey, Ya!” Monday night. She had the crowd swaying their hands with her to the music as she sang.

She cranked up the power for Tuesday night’s performance of “Take Me to Church,” leaving the crowd roaring. Keys and Clarkson stood through most of the performance and heaped praise on Hicks during their comments afterward.

“I think you may be the greatest person on this show,” Clarkson said.

Hicks, a Snider High School and Huntington University graduate, won’t have any time to rest.

The Top 12 contestants perform 8-10 p.m. next Monday and learn which one of them goes home during the results show at 8 p.m. next Tuesday. “The Voice” is broadcast locally on Fort Wayne’s NBC, Channel 21.2.

Hicks is the second Fort Wayne resident to make it to the Top 12 on “The Voice.” Fort Wayne resident Addison Agen, 17, advanced to the Top 12 and beyond on her way to a runner-up finish last season on the show.

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