Billy Gilman took the stage during The Voice blind auditions Tuesday night looking for a second chance.
The former child country star blew the audience and judges away with his moving cover of Adele’s “When We Were Young.” Gilman turned to the show in the hopes of reinventing his image as an adult in the music industry. He has also since come out as gay. “I started as a young country artist and had great success,” he told the judges. “To finally be here at a moment where I can sing the way I so badly wanted to, even then and to finally stand here with you truthfully is such a honor.”
All four chairs turned after his emotional performance. Blake Shelton and Miley Cyrus both recognized Gilman thanks to their country music background. The contestant even opened for Cyrus’ father, Billy Ray Cyrus, in concert back in the day. Shelton remarked that he always wondered what had happened to Gilman after his hit “One Voice” came out in 2000.
In an attempt to sway him to his team, Adam Levine told him, “The intangible quality that you possess is exactly what embodies the person that wins this show. You really could be the guy. I’m blown away and I’m not sitting down until you join my team.” Levine’s plea worked and Gilman chose the Maroon 5 crooner as his coach.
Watch the full video below. The Voice continues with its blind auditions Mondays and Tuesdays at 8 p.m. ET on NBC.