Hear Carrie Underwood’s former backup singer’s earth-shattering version of a country hit

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If the winner of season 12’s “The Voice” was based solely on whomever delivered the highest note, then Andrea Thomas would take the crown. Her high notes are unlike any other!

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The former backup singer to country star Carrie Underwood showed off that particular talent on April 10, when she went up against fellow contestant Lauren Duski during the final week of knockout rounds.

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For her performance, Andrea belted out Faith Hill’s 2002 hit, “Cry.” In rehearsals, coach Blake Shelton said, “I feel like you’re just now letting that front person be in the front. That Mariah Carey thing, nobody does that in country music. That’s something that separates you from the rest of the pack.”

Once Andrea took the stage, she proved, yet again, why she belonged in the spotlight. Stepping out in a form-fitting dress with her hair pulled back in a ponytail, she attacked the lyrics with so much power. At one point she even let out a scream that raised coach Alicia Keys’ eyebrows.

Team Blake’s second contender Lauren Duski also offered up a country tune for her performance. She followed Andrea with a stunning cover of Alison Krauss’ “When You Say Nothing At All.” Though both singers delivered powerful performances, it was up to Blake Shelton to decide who to keep for his team.

“This is the one that I’ve been dreading,” he confessed, “Andrea, it was amazing. I’m glad to hear people talking about you stepping out from the background. And, Lauren, it’s interesting because you’re a little bit bashful, I think, and the honesty and the comfort that you feel is who she is as a human being, and that’s the artist she is when she’s onstage.”

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Despite Andrea’s ability to reach big notes, Blake named Lauren the winner.

Even though Andrea didn’t make it through to the next phase of the competition, we’re pretty sure there’s a place for her in country music in due time – especially with those impeccable pipes!

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