Fifteen-year-old Carter Rubin, a Shoreham resident, is rising up the ranks on NBC’s The Voice, advancing on Tuesday to the semifinals, where he’ll compete among the top nine contestants of Season 19.
Carter is a sophomore student at Shoreham-Wading River High School. The SWR Central School District wrote on its website that he is “a very active singer and has appeared in many concerts as a member of our school choirs and in our dramatic productions” and encouraged the community to tune in to the premiere on Oct. 19.
More than a month later, Carter is holding his own among singers from across the country, most older than him. He sang “Hero” by Mariah Carey on Monday night during the season’s first live show from Hollywood to secure a spot in the semifinals.
He Tweeted on Tuesday night: “HOLY MOLY I’M IN THE TOP 9! ‘thank you’ can’t even express how grateful i am for each and every one of you. SEMIFINALS HERE WE COME! #TheVoice #VoiceLives #TeamGwen.”
Carter chose Gwen Stefani, a judge on the show, to be his mentor for the season after she and John Legend both turned their seats for him during his blind audition, which aired in late October.
In the audition, he sang Lewis Capaldi’s “Before You Go.” Carter’s mother watched from backstage, and his grandfather, brother, and father were shown on screen watching from their home in Shoreham.
Last week Carter beat out fellow contestant Larriah Jackson in the battle rounds after they sang a duet of Meghan Trainer’s “Like I’m Gonna Lose You.”
Carter will perform again when the competition show airs on Monday, Dec. 7 at 8 p.m.
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