Baltimore native Davon Fleming belted his way into another round on the national televised singing competition “The Voice” last night, with a crucial assist from viewers.
On Monday, Fleming chose Christina Aguilera’s “Hurt,” moving soulfully through the song and showing off his impressive range and falsetto with smooth runs. Backed by a live orchestra – the show tends to get pretty glitzy leading up to the finals – Fleming delivered another stellar cover of a song by a pop icon, to go with his previous renditions of Beyonce’s “Love on Top” and Whitney Houston’s “I’m Your Baby Tonight,” among others.
But after he and nine others had performed, two had to be eliminated. Fleming was left in the bottom three vote-getters, leaving viewers to decide on Tuesday who would advance into the top eight based on their “save” performances. The 25-year-old’s inspired rendition of Aretha Franklin’s “Ain’t No Way” was enough to get the viewers to push him into the next round.
Here’s the performance that earned him the “save.”
Fleming became a crowd favorite right away after his October audition in which he got all four judges to turn their chairs around while singing Amy Winehouse’s “Me and Mr. Jones.” Viewers have learned throughout the season about his Park Heights roots and his time spent singing and arranging music for his church choir. They’ve also watched him bond with his coach, Jennifer Hudson, leading up to the live performance rounds.
Baltimore has been keeping track; the mayor has even taken notice. Catherine Pugh tweeted earlier this week to help him earn some votes, and again last night with the “#VoiceSaveDavon” hashtag. Fleming was thankful.
Tonight not only did you all show your love and support but you PROVED IT. Thank you to every single one of you for voting & purchasing the Single. I am extremely grateful to be in your Top 8!! ❤️ Thank You @NBCTheVoice @IAMJHUD #TeamJhud #TeamDavon pic.twitter.com/vfsP4LDSrM
— Davon Fleming (@DavonFleming) December 6, 2017
Tuesday’s “save” means Fleming will perform live on national TV once again next week, putting him one step closer to the final four. The round begins at 8 p.m. on Monday on NBC.
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