Young country singer Emily Ann Roberts took the stage Monday night (Nov. 2) on The Voice during the Knockout Rounds to perform a classic from the Dixie Chicks, "Cowboy Take Me Away," to keep her spot on Blake Shelton’s team going into Live Playoffs.

The artist says she chose the song because it’s been one of her favorites since she was a little girl, and her passion showed through in rehearsals. Both guest advisor Rihanna and Shelton were impressed with her initiative, but wanted to make sure she gave it all she had and didn’t hold back.

When Roberts began her tune during the final performance, the vulnerability in her voice was evident in the best way, telling the story of the song with emotion. The contestant blew the bigger notes out of the water with her effortless style, impressing the four celebrity judges with her abilities and the growth she’d shown on the show thus far.

Shelton noted Roberts’ potential, saying she could be around for 20 years in country music if she wanted. Though she went up against a powerful R&B singer, Nadjah Nicole, Roberts pulled out the win and earned a slot in the next round, which airs live.

Shelton’s team has had a lot of talent through the years, producing alumni like Cassadee Pope, Danielle Bradbery, the Swon Brothers and more. Only time will tell whether Roberts can join the lineup.

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