Jamaican songstress, Anita Antoinette has been handed a lifeline in her pursuit for success on NBC’s The Voice after it was announced on Tuesday that she will return to the American talent show next Monday to compete in its wildcard round.
After being eliminated last week from the show after making the Top 10, Antoinette and all other contestants knocked out of the live round phase of the show will be given one last chance to prove to viewers that they deserve a real shot at becoming The Voice as they will perform in an effort to win a berth in the show’s finale. This after it was recently announced by show host, Carson Daly that the winner of the wild card berth will automatically perform in the final round of live performances later this month, meaning there will be four finalists this year instead of the usual three.
Antoinette was due to perform alongside season five winner of The Voice, Tessanne Chin on Wednesday at a tree-lighting concert held by the Kingston and St Andrew Corporation (KSAC). In a statement, it was announced that Antoinette, a Kingston native and daughter of Reggae crooner, Clinton Fearon would not be able to do the show, but assured she will return to Jamaica as soon as possible.
“Although Anita would love to be a part of this event, she will be in Los Angeles gearing up for the wild card round of The Voice,” the statement read. “She wants to assure her fans that she will soon make it to her beloved island.”
Antoinette was once considered a favourite to win The Voice after renditions of songs done by Bob Marley, Meghan Trainor and Magic! were well-received, to the point she garnered the second most votes among the Top 12 a week prior to her elimination.
The wildcard round can be seen starting at 8 p.m. on December 8 on NBC.