The Voice season 11 runner-up, Billy Gilman, is on a media tour back in his hometown Providence, Rhode Island. In a recent radio interview with Tara Granahan at WPRO News radio, the singer talks about his The Voice run and how “super happy” and “very very grateful” he is for the outcome.
In fact, Billy says that he’s thrilled that he didn’t win. What’s more, Billy claims that winner Sundance Head didn’t want the crown either. They were both rooting for teenaged singer, Wé McDonald, who eventually came in third place. He also calls The Voice contract “something crazy.”
Read an excerpt of the interview below. Full audio at the bottom of the page.
Billy says he is really glad he didn’t win. And he claims winner Sundance Head didn’t want to win either.
Absolutely. I am so happy I didn’t win. Sundance and I were talking about how we did not want to win. We wanted Wé to win. We wanted the exposure. We wanted to get in the finale. I would have been crushed if I hadn’t gotten to the finale. I would have had a tough time. That…was my goal. I did not see me winning. I didn’t want to. I wanted to have the platform, have the exposure, but still be able to do my own thing, because I don’t want to be owned. I don’t want to have another “One Voice” (his one hit wonder at 12 years old) essentially. I’d like to have another “One Voice” as a hit, but I don’t One Voice’s situation. God heard me…someone heard me!
On pointing to Sundance right before he was declared the winner.
I saw me at the finale coming in second. I saw that it was going to happen. I knew it. I was happy. Because I think you create the reality that you want. I really believe that. I didn’t want to win! I just didn’t want to. Because of that, we have amazing things coming in that I will have the opportunity to do because I won’t be tied down to something crazy.
On his future plans:
There’s a lot of concerts this year on the books and that is because of The Voice. …A lot of the great meetings a couple of which have already taken place, even though I’ve literally been home five minutes. It’s a good situation. I’m finally excited to be releasing music the way I wanted to, authentically me, not proving a point, just singing.
What will happen with the original song he recorded?
“I don’t know what happens as far as…that’s what we’re finding out. The lawyers and the people higher up are finding out what I can do and what I can’t do, especially with that song. Because I was very very very honored that [coach Adam Levine] gave me one of the songs that he was going to cut. The leverage of the song and the quality is huge. It’s…Maroon 5 who have had so many hits and are huge mega stars. I hope we can do more with it because I love it.
Also, his coach Adam trusted him and 90% of what he sang “was my vision.” Billy’s next goal is to “conquer radio.” He says, “I want to have a song out there that’s climbing the charts on behalf of me, not the show.”
Here’s an interesting nugget: Apparently, early on, there was talk of the Top 12 performing in Las Vegas at one of the bigger hotels, but Billy hasn’t heard anything about that in a while.