On fan night on NBC’s “The Voice,” America got a look at Pettisville and Girl Named Tom’s many fans in their hometown.
They showed a scene from the latest watch party at Pettisville High School and the packed house of supporters. Kids dressed as them for Halloween, and the local kindergarten class sent them fan mail, which the group now has up on a hotel room wall.
For Monday’s performance, Girl Named Tom stepped a little out of their comfort zone, performing “More Hearts Than Mine,” a country song by Ingrid Andress.
“We don’t consider ourselves like truly country, so I’m a little scared,” Bekah Liechty said prior to the performance.
But, they stepped up, and coaches and fans were impressed.
“Ya’ll are ready to work, you’re ready to like challenge yourselves, you’re ready to kind of go outside your box,” said their coach, Kelly Clarkson. “It’s just a really fun time and ya’ll are so talented. Walked into the room, didn’t really know the song at all, and then came up with it quickly.”
Blake Shelton also thought they handled the song well. “Man, when you guys come together in harmony, I mean, that’s really special what you guys have,” he said.
Clarkson continued the praise.
“It’s an amazing thing that you all have going. It’s powerful,” she said. “It’s so cool that you’re all family. You’ve got that cool harmony vibe going. That family element. And people are really connecting to you. And it’s a beautiful thing because we all need to connect to something right now.”
On Tuesday’s elimination episdoe, they were asked about what Pettisville means to them. Caleb Liechty said it means everything to them.
“From day 1 when we decided to make this little band, they’ve been behind us,” he said. “The town has like no stoplights, there’s like 500 people there. But at our first show at a little winery down the road in the middle of cornfields, there was 300 people who showed up. And it’s so sweet. That kind of support has got us to this day. Their support and love has been unconditional throughout this process and that’s why we believe in ourselves as musicians.”
About midway through the elimination episode, it was announced that Girl Named Tom was saved by the votes of fans.
“Pettisville, Ohio doesn’t have a stoplight, but they have an act in the Top 10 on ‘The Voice,’” said host Carson Daly.
Girl Named Tom will now compete against 9 others in the Top 10. Others moving on to the next round are Jeremy Rosado, Haily Mia, Jershika Maple, Joshua Vacanti, Wendy Moten, Paris Winningham, Holly Forbes, Jim and Sasha Allen, and Lana Scott.
The next episode of “The Voice” will air on NBC Monday at 8 p.m. with an elimination episode to follow on Tuesday at 8 p.m.