For a brief moment in the second battle round on “The Voice” last night, Provo resident Madilyn Paige believed it was all over.
Right after losing the battle to Bria Kelly, where they sang a duet to “I’ll Stand By You,” Paige reclaimed her spot in the Top 20 when Coach Blake Shelton decided he wanted to steal her.
“I like her,” Shelton said as he hit his button despite his earlier comments suggesting his indifference to the performance.
Shelton has a history on the show of helping young artists like Paige reach new heights with their singing. This includes season 4 winner of “The Voice” Danielle Bradbery, who will be performing with Hunter Hayes at the UCCU Center in Orem on Thursday, April 24.
“The one thing that stood out is her confidence is coming out more and more every time she gets on that stage,” Shelton said on the show. “I believe in (her) as an artist. Now we just need to make a performer out of you and I think we can do it.”
Paige was relieved to have made it through with her family there to support her.
“I was this close to going home, but Blake saw something in me, and I’m so grateful to him,” Paige said in the post performance interview.
Paige chose Team Usher in her Blind Auditions where both Usher and Shakira turned their chairs around for her. Then she beat fellow Provo artist Tanner James in the first round of Battles before losing to Kelly.
“You have an incredible asset here,” Usher told Blake after giving up Paige. “In me knowing who you are and what you’re capable of doing with her talent, I’m a little scared.
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