UPDATE: Jordan Smith advances to 'The Voice' finale
The 21-year-old's performance of "Somebody to Love" originally by Queen passed up Adele for the number one spot.
UPDATE: Jordan Smith advanced to the finals Tuesday night, being the first contestant saved by audience voting. Smith was the first performer voted to the finals.
"Everyone at home has been so supportive," Smith said afterwards. "I never imagined i would turn a chair."
Also advancing to the finals was Knoxville's Emil Ann Roberts.
Tuesday's NBC show on Channel 3 also featured an appearance and tune by Dolly Parton. Parton also met with the nine contestants, answering questions and offering advice.
"I know that some of you are going to have to go home tonight," she said. "Just because you don't win doesn't mean that you're not winners. To me, a true success is being who you are and just hoping that you make a billion dollars."
Parton also performed her song, "Coat of Many Colors," in advance of the Thursday airing of the NBC special about her life.
PREVIOUS STORY: It took less than an hour for Lee University's Jordan Smith to take the top spot on the iTunes singles chart.
The 21-year-old's performance of "Somebody to Love" originally by Queen passed up Adele for the number one spot just minutes after he left the stage.
Last week, Smith's performance of "Hallelujah" shot to the top, carrying Smith to the show's Top 9.
Monday night, the nine remaining artists battled for a spot in next week's finale.
Students at Lee University in Cleveland gathered in the Paul Conn Student Center to watch Lee student Jordan Smith perform on NBC's "The Voice". Throughout the competition Jordan has been a top contender.
Students at Lee University took a break from studying from finals to cheer on classmate Jordan Smith. A packed room of students, teachers, and faculty joined together to support a fellow University Flame in The Voice semifinals.
Students cheer on classmate Jordan Smith as he performs in the semifinals of The Voice Monday night. “It is so awesome, we're all so excited for him. We got to see him and cheer for him. We got to see him and cheer for him as he performs across campus. Now seeing him on National TV is crazy,” said senior D’Metri Mattocks.
D'Metri Matticks sings with Smith in the university's choir group. “Jordan was a huge part of who we are as singers. His voice really carried us far but we are all crazy excited for him to fill out his dreams like this.”
But it is not just classmates and choir members at the watch party to support his dreams. Kennedy Blair never met Smith but is supporting him like they are lifelong friends. “I never met him, but it’s cool knowing someone that is my classmate that is on TV and being seen all over the world,” said freshman Kennedy Blair.
The freshman said watch parties like this one says a lot about the Lee University community. “Everyone is so invested in it. It feels like he is part of my family. I just want him to win, and continue to cheer him on.”
Jordan if you have the time for a break-- and find yourself missing home, know Lee University is rooting for you every step of the way. “We just really hope that he wins and even if he doesn't we will still be really proud of him.”
“Jordan keep doing great. You are amazing and we are all here supporting you, and praying for you. Just cheering you on,” said Mattocks.
There are four ways that you can vote:
- Download 'The Voice' app and use it to vote 10 times during the show.
- After the show, you can vote on The Voice page on NBC.com
- You can vote 10 times on The Voice official Facebook page
- Buy your favorite artists' song on iTunes. If it climbs to the Top 10 overall chart on iTunes, their vote will be multiplied.
The final four contestants will be announced Tuesday night at 8:00m on Channel 3. We will find out if Jordan Smith is on to the next round.
NBC's The Voice airs Monday and Tuesday at 8 p.m. on Channel 3.