When Avery Johnson was handed the lyrics to the song he was going to sing Tuesday night on The Voice, he knew that he had his work cut out for him.
Wilson’s coach Cee Lo Green chose the song “Titanium” by David Guetta for the battle between Wilson,17, and competitor Chevonne.
Though Wilson, a Hamden resident, was unfamiliar with the song, he put his nose to the grindstone, rather his ears to the speakers, and listened to the song over and over to learn it.
"They just kind of threw it at us and Chevonne knew it and I didn't so I just had to buckle down and learn the lyrics and learn the melody,” said Wilson.
The hard work more than paid off as Wilson turned in one of the best performances of the battle rounds and moved onto the next round.
"I feel great,” said Wilson. “It wasn't an easy task”
Wilson gathered with his family at his home in Hamden to watch the performance Tuesday night.
Although the battle rounds are taped weeks ago, Wilson was not allowed to tell anyone the results.
“Not to be able to tell someone something that is really like a positive outcome…it kind of burns a hole in you not to say anything to someone,” said Wilson.
Wilson’s family and friends were just as eager to learn the news and they could not have been more excited with the outcome.
"I'm very proud of him,” said Theresa Wilson, Avery’s mother. “Even more than I can express on camera."
Next up for Wilson is the knock out rounds, where he will go head-to-head against his own team members who are all hoping to be named The Voice.
Another CT native’s run on The Voice came to an end last night.
New Fairfield resident Kelly Crapa was ousted after she was defeated during the battle rounds.
The 15-year-old’s rendition of Joan Jett’s “I Hate Myself for Loving You” was praised by the judge’s though her coach Blake Shelton did not name her the winner.