The end of the yellow brick road for Emily Keener

Zoe Greszler • Updated Apr 20, 2016 at 11:07 PM

In a devastating turn of events Wakeman’s local star was voted off of NBC’s nationally televised “The Voice.”

In Tuesday night’s show the top 12 contestants were told little by little who was safe to sing again next week and continue on in the live playoffs.

It came down to Wakeman’s Emily Keener and Washington D.C.’s Owen Danoff.

The pair were invited to give one final performance to convince America they deserved to continue on the show.

Keener stuck to her signature genre with Willie Nelson’s “Blue Eyes Crying in the Rain” while Danoff sang Ed Sheeran’s “Lego House.” 

The viewers were then given five minutes to tweet the hashtag #VoiceSaveEmily or #VoiceSaveOwen to keep their favorite artist alive in the vocal competition.

“I can’t believe you are in the bottom two,” said singer and coach Christina Aguilera to try to convince the audience to vote in Keener’s favorite. 

“You blew my mind (Monday) with ’Lilac Wine.’ You are from another time you’re so beyond talented and for your age, you have a raw talent, a natural gift. I wish I could play like you. You’re so talented and it’s been a blessing to have you on the show,” Aguilera said. “America, she deserves to make it beyond this point.”

Then it was Keener’s coach’s turn to fight for young singer’s spot in next week’s competition.

“I’m speaking to the heartland, the middle of America,” singer, songwriter and producer Pharrell Williams said. “You know what you just heard. This is 17-year-old singer and songwriter. She knows life doesn’t end on this show, but that this can be a diving board for her future career, if you can just give her the thrust she needs because she deserves it.

“Man, she knows how I feel about her. I need to talk to America. I don’t know if you have a daughter and know about the way parents love and taught her about music. They taught her everything and instilled it in her and she has used it. ... She got four of us to turn around, America. You’re going to do what you’re goin to do and we have to respect your taste, but that is a special girl. That’s not just a singer, that’s a star.”


“Pharrell I just want to thank you for your guidance, love and all of your support,” Keener told her coach. “I have reached so many new heights because of you. I know that no matter what happens now, I’m ready to climb to new heights and grow as an artist and it’s because of you.”

With no more coach saves, Keener will now return home. For her fans though, this is far from defeat. As Williams said earlier in the season, this is just the beginning of a musical career for “this magical unicorn of a singer.”

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