Meghan Linsey Aims for ‘The Voice’ Top 12 With ‘Love Runs Out’ [WATCH]
Linsey performed a cover of OneRepublic's "Love Runs Out," a Top 20 hit on the Billboard Hot 100 last year. The singer was able to show off her unique sound early in the song, as she sang on a blacked-out, barely-lit stage -- but while she started the tune relatively simply, Linsey was belting out the lyrics by the end.
While Christina Aguilera called Linsey's performance "great, so great," and her coach, Blake Shelton, said, "I don't know how you don't end up on the Top 12 after that kind of performance," the highest praise came from Linsey's original coach, Pharrell Williams.
“You have to know how proud I am of you,” he told her. “You’re living proof you should not give up on your dream.”
After auditioning for The Voice and originally choosing Team Pharrell, Linsey wound up on Team Blake during the Battle Rounds and survived the Knockout Rounds with a cover of Aretha Franklin's "Natural Woman" to make it to the live show.
“I know some people are questioning if I deserve to be here. I’ve heard a comment or two that are like, ‘Oh, she had her shot,’ or, ‘Her career is over.’ I’m 29, and I moved to town 11 years ago, and I’ve worked so hard and don’t believe in giving up on a dream,” Linsey says. “I’m grateful that The Voice does allow people who have had careers to come on the show like this and reintroduce themselves, giving an opportunity for a second chance. It’s interesting with all the contestants: We’re all the underdog in our own ways.”
Linsey's version of "Love Runs Out" is available for download on iTunes. The Voice playoffs continue tonight (April 7) at 8PM ET, and the Top 12 will be announced during Wednesday (April 8)'s episode, which is also set to air at 8PM ET.
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