VIDEO: Fort Wayne’s Christiana Danielle advances to live shows on ‘The Voice’
Fort Wayne native Christiana Hicks had three judges trying to keep her on “The Voice” on Tuesday night, and she decided to continue the journey with celebrity coach Alicia Keys.
After brief drama involving the celebrity coaches and their “steals” to save competitors, Hicks advanced to the live shows portion of the vocal talent competition, which begins April 16.
Hicks, 22, who uses the name Christiana Danielle on the show, was paired with fellow Team Alicia member Terrence Cunningham for knockout round performances that Keys described as “magnificent.”
Wearing a golden yellow top with bright blue slacks, Hicks delivered a gritty and soulful version of the song “Elastic Heart” by Sia, while Cunningham performed “Tell Me Something Good” by Rufus and Chaka Khan. All four judges gave Cunningham a standing ovation after he finished.
Coaches Adam Levine, Kelly Clarkson and Blake Shelton each praised both singers, with Levine saying he was glad he didn’t have to pick the winner.
He said Hicks will do really well, even though she still may be finding her way as an artist.
“I’m a big fan of yours,” Shelton told Hicks, adding that the start of her performance seemed a bit of a challenge but that she finished strong.
“You are so special,” Keys said of Hicks, praising her for performing so well on “The Voice” after singing mainly worship songs before auditioning for the show.
When asked to pick a knockout winner, Keys chose Cunningham. Seconds later, however, she hit her button to use her knockout round steal to keep Hicks. This season, coaches are allowed to use a knockout round steal to save the loser of one their own team’s knockout performances.
Clarkson then hit her button to try to steal Hicks, and Levine did the same a few moments later.
Keys, Clarkson and Levine all also had turned their chairs around during Hicks’ blind audition to try to get her to join their teams.
“I’ve loved you since the blinds,” Clarkson said in encouraging Hicks to join her team through the steal.
“I think you are incredibly talented,” Levine said.
Keys made a brief but impassioned appeal for Hicks to stay with her, and Hicks agreed.
In preparation for the knockout round performances, All Team Alicia members worked with Keys and “The Voice” Season 12 winner Chris Blue.
Former “The Voice” winners also worked with the other celebrity coaches and their teams: Season 3 winner Cassadee Pope with Clarkson and Team Kelly, Season 9 winner Jordan Smith with Levine and Team Adam, and last season’s winner Chloe Kohanski with Shelton and Team Blake.
Hicks, a Snider High School and Huntington University graduate, was clearly excited to see Blue, who she said she followed closely during his Season 12 win, she said during rehearsal.
Keys encouraged both Hicks and Cunningham to dig deeper and really let their talent soar, telling Hicks this is her opportunity to “see who she is as an artist.”
Blue said Hicks’ voice and performance really pull you in.
“I really felt like chocolate under a hot lamp,” he said
The rest of the show’s knockout round performances, which all are pre-recorded, will be broadcast locally 8-10 p.m. Monday on Fort Wayne’s NBC, Channel 21.2.
The live shows beginning April 16 will represent a new challenge because TV viewers and social media users take over deciding what contestants stay on the show and who goes home.
The knockout round performances continue locally 8-10 p.m. Monday on Fort Wayne’s NBC, Channel 21.2.
The live shows begin 8-10 p.m. April 16.
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Here are past News-Sentinel.com stories about Christiana Hicks’ participation on “The Voice”: