Saved by Blake! Iowan Cali Wilson will advance on NBC's 'The Voice'
Iowan Cali Wilson was saved on NBC's "The Voice" by coach Blake Shelton on Tuesday night.
The show kicked off with Wilson explaining what she hopes America would learn from her performance Monday. "I hope that America saw that I'm versatile," she said. "I'm willing to work my hardest to make a song original."
For America's votes, Ricky Duran and Kat Hammock were saved on Team Blake. Shelton thought long and hard telling the final three people on his team that it has been a blast working with them, but ultimately, chose Wilson to stay.
On Monday night, Wilson was one of 20 contestants singing for a chance to make it to the top 13 on the 17th season of "The Voice." The 28-year-old covered Britney Spears’ 2003 track “Toxic.”
Wilson’s performance led to singer and "The Voice" judge John Legend being shocked. Legend said he never would’ve predicted "Toxic" would be Wilson’s next performance following her rendition of Chris Isaak’s “Wicked Game.”
“It was really different and I didn't know that I would see that from you tonight, but it was fun seeing something unexpected from you,” Legend said.
Wilson’s coach, Shelton, also complimented her performance.
“Cali, your ride on this show is consistently coming up a level, coming up a level,” he said. “I want everybody to know that’s her invention — that version of that song. She worked it up with her band, and wanted to do this jazzy thing. It’s so cool and separates you from the pack.”
For Tuesday's results show, the two artists with the most votes from each team will advance to the top 13. Each coach will then select one of their remaining four artists to move on in the competition.
The 13th finalist will be chosen from the remaining musicians from each team with the highest overnight vote. The winning wild card artist will get to choose which team they would like to join.
Wilson made it through the blind auditions performing a rendition of Fleetwood Mac’s “Dreams” Sept. 30. She received a chair turn from judges Shelton, Legend and Gwen Stefani (Kelly Clarkson did not turn her chair around).
Wilson's journey on "The Voice" can be seen on Mondays and Tuesdays on NBC at 7 p.m. Check back with the Register for an update on Wilson's journey on "The Voice."
Sierra Porter covers entertainment for the Des Moines Register. She can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org.