Jermaine Paul was upstreamed to the semifinals on tonight's (April 17) elimination episode of 'The Voice' by the American voting audience, leaving Erin Willett and RaeLynn in the bottom for Team Blake Shelton. With the credits rolling, Shelton chose to save Willett, letting RaeLynn go ultimately because her choice of save song was a bit too safe.
If you've been tuned into 'The Voice,' you know the heartbreaking story of Erin Willett, whose sweet father passed away after seeing her to the Battle Rounds. The curly-haired vocalist has said from the beginning that she's doing this for her dad -- she just wants to make him proud -- and we know he is after tonight's performance.
Blake Shelton sent Erin Willett and Gwen Sebastian into the battle round on tonight's episode of 'The Voice.' They were paired up to sing Pat Benatar's 'We Belong.' Willett is big and bold, full of power, while Sebastian is a country singer who can hit the highs and lows. To call this battle a "toughie" for Shelton would be an understatement.
Erin Willett's strong voice has a sad story behind it. The curly-haired powerhouse revealed in her opening montage that her father (and her hero) has been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. As a result, her rendition of the Jackson Five's 'I Want You Back' took on an alternate meaning: Instead of a lovelorn MJ begging his ex to take him back, Willett conveyed a daughter begging her dad to stay around.