Christiana Danielle Hicks has reached the end of her journey on “The Voice.”
The 23-year-old local singer was eliminated from the NBC singing competition on Tuesday night's episode after failing to gain enough viewer votes to continue.
After a performance of “Ain't No Sunshine” by Bill Withers on Monday night's episode, Hicks was announced Tuesday night to be one of the bottom three performers for the week as the field was being narrowed from 10 singers to eight ahead of next week's semifinals.
Hicks sang Joe Cocker's “Unchain My Heart” hoping for enough fan votes to beat out Jackie Verna and Rayshun LaMarr during a brief window of fan voting at the end of Tuesday night's episode. But Hicks and Verna received the lowest number of votes in the live balloting and were cut.
Coach Alicia Keys has repeatedly praised Hicks for her individuality and ability to take a well-known song and make it her own.
“I think that's what we want to see in music more and more, we want to see something that takes us to a new place,” she said Tuesday night.
Keys also said she was amazed at how much Hicks has grown as an artist on the show. Hicks said she has learned a lot from working with Keys and will carry it with her after the show.
“No matter what happens tonight, I'm going to go out and be strong,” she said before the voting results were read. “I'm going to be rooted, and I'm going to fight for everything that I believe in and sing my heart out every time.
The Snider High School and Huntington University graduate went to an open call for the show last year. She later performed in the Blind Auditions and had three of the season's four judges ask her to be on their team.
She advanced through two more pre-taped competition rounds and several live rounds to be in the top 10 this week.
Hicks told The Journal Gazette last month that she plans to pursue music after the show, calling it “a brand-new chapter that I have never even attempted.”
Hicks said she also wants to return to college and get a master's and doctorate in the area of black mental health.