Luther moves on to playoff rounds on ‘The Voice’

Luther moves on to playoff rounds on ‘The Voice’

Woonsocket’s very own Emily Luther, a contestant on this season’s “The Voice,” sings at the grand opening of Savini’s Pomodoro Restaurant and Bar last Thursday. Luther has advanced to the live rounds of the competition, where the Top 12 artists will compete against each other in the live broadcasts. (Breeze photos by Charles Lawrence)

WOONSOCKET – Saying they were impressed by her massive voice and range, judges advanced Woonsocket’s Emily Luther to the next round of competition on NBC’s “The Voice” following her performance of “Glitter in the Air” by Pink in a show that aired on Monday.

Luther, a 2010 graduate of Woonsocket High School, was paired up against rocker Adam Pearce, who sang “Smoke on the Water” by Deep Purple.

The performances marked night two of “the knockouts” round, where contestants get to choose their own song. Guest coach Kelly Clarkson told Luther she sounded like “Karen Carpenter meets Florence and the Machine.”

“Don’t sing the song, feel the song,” Clarkson advised.

After watching Pearce, a fan favorite, in rehearsal Luther noted, “Watching him really made me feel like I needed to dig deeper.”

Luther, who recently moved back to Rhode Island after a stint pursuing her musical career in Los Angeles, gave her local fans a taste of what landed her on the popular show last week. The singer performed both “Summertime” – the song that earned her a place in the knockout round – and Etta James’ “At Last” at the official grand opening of Savini’s Pomodoro on Nov. 2.

On “The Voice,” Luther is working with coach Adam Levine of Maroon 5. She said this week that after turning three chairs in the show’s initial blind auditions, a benefit that allowed her to choose her coach, Levine was a good choice.

“Adam has helped me grow as an artist because he kind of dissects me each time,” she said.

Before Monday night’s performance, Levine cautioned Luther not to be “too perfect.”

All four judges said they were impressed with the singer after Luther’s version of Pink’s ballad included holding one note for 14 seconds.

“Emily just came out here and absolutely gave an incredible performance,” said Blake Shelton. “It’s like, ‘Whoa, where the heck did this girl come from?’”

Jennifer Hudson commented, “You have such poise and presence. You took me on a journey.”

Miley Cyrus said she loved the song more now after hearing Luther sing it.

Levine expressed some concerns with the singer’s ability to ultimately win the competition.

“You’re this star and it’s almost like there’s one piece of the puzzle that you need to fix,” Levine said, adding, “You gave a show stopper.”

Pearce was “stolen” by coach Cyrus, giving him another shot at becoming Season 13’s winner.

Luther now moves to the playoff performance phase of the competition. The show airs Monday and Tuesday at 8 p.m. on NBC.

The final winner of “The Voice,” chosen by viewers, will get a $100,000 prize and a record deal with Universal Music Group.

Editor's note: An original version of this article stated that Luther was moving on to the final live rounds of the competition. She had only advanced to the playoff rounds.

Rheina Alicea, 9, came from Riverside with his father, Luis, to meet Emily Luther at the Savini’s Pomodoro Restaurant and Bar grand opening.
Kimberly Laird, left, Erin Flanagan, center, and Micky Amphonedara, all of Woonsocket, enjoy the grand opening of Savini’s Pomodoro Restaurant and Bar.