Shalyah Fearing Sings Beyonce's "Listen" On 'The Voice' And Proves That She's In It To Win It
Drop the mic. Team Adam's Shalyah Fearing just *shut down* The Voice Live Playoffs with a soulful performance of Beyonce's "Listen." The best part about it, though? Fearing is only fifteen. You wouldn't expect one of the youngest contestants of the season to have one of the best performances of the night, but Fearing proved everyone wrong. She solidified her spot at the top of the contestant food chain with tonight's Live Playoffs performance and, if she continues to perform the way she did tonight, there's no doubt she'll stay there.
Fearing impresses the coaches week after week with her incredible vocals. Many musicians at her age still have a lot to learn before they reach a certain level of greatness. While Fearing certainly has some things to learn, she's already achieved the level of greatness that so many other performers aspire to. She sings at the level of someone twice her age and that's why she deserves to be in this game.
You'd never know it from tonight's performance, but Fearing hasn't had the easiest time on The Voice. The 15-year-old earned a spot on Team Christina in the Blind Auditions after Aguilera was the only one to turn around. In the Battle Rounds, Fearing was paired against Tamar Davis. With more years of experience than Fearing has on this earth, Davis beat Fearing — but it wasn't easy. They had a battle, for sure, which is why Fearing was stolen by Pharrell. While this seemed like the perfect contestant/coach, Fearing was again defeated in the Knockouts even though she totally should've won. Luckily, coach Adam quickly stole her for his own team and they're both better for it.
With Coach Adam on her side, Fearing can't be stopped. She's already proven that in the Live Playoffs with "Listen." Well, Fearing, I'm listening. Fearing isn't letting her rocky road on The Voice hold her back from greatness. Instead, she's using it to empower herself to give amazing performances — and she'll go far because of it.
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