Single mom Sa’Rayah looked like she was about to head home to Country Club Hills on Monday’s episode of “The Voice,” when she got a last-minute save from the coaches of the NBC competition.
Sa’Rayah, who has also performed under the name Tytiana Nelson, and Georgia singer Aaron Gibson performed “I’ll Take Care of You” to battle to stay on coach Miley Cyrus‘ team.
Cyrus chose Gibson in what she called the “hardest decision I’ll make in all my battles.” Sa’Rayah, 29, started to say her goodbyes when coaches Alicia Keys and Blake Shelton hit their buttons to try to get the singer on their teams.
“You won that battle hands down,” Shelton said.
Sa’Rayah, who grew up in the former Cabrini-Green housing project, tearfully decided to go with Keys.
“I got my Sa’Rayah. I think we’re going to see just how powerful her voice is,” Keys said.
Sa’Rayah joins South Side singer Jason Warrior and Dundee-Crown High School student Riley Elmore in the knockout rounds to compete for a spot in the live shows. Viewers ultimately vote for the winner, who gets a recording contract.
The last of the battles are expected to air Tuesday. Season 11 of “The Voice” airs 7 p.m. Mondays and Tuesdays.