The 16-year-old contestant and member of Team Blake took to the stage during Monday evening’s (Nov. 28) Top 10 live show to deliver an awe-inspiring performance of Kane Brown’s “Homesick.”
“Before this, I was just a small town high school kid playing sports,” Lape shared. “Now having little kids look up to me like I’m a superstar and some older people being like ‘I think you’re going to make it so big. I need your autograph now before I have to pay for it.’”
He then went on to explain how supportive his hometown of Grass Lake, Michigan, has been since he’s been on the popular singing competition show.
“I’ve been getting a lot of support from my high school and Local businesses around Grass Lake have my name up on signs. It’s just crazy…” Lape added of his hometown, where he currently attends Grass Lake High School.
Join by a six-piece band and surrounded by burning candles, Lape put his unique vocals on full display while strumming an acoustic guitar. Lape, a standout contestant on The Voice, belted out the lyrics to the tune and truly blew away his coach, Shelton.
“I’m homesick / This feelin’ that I’m feeling’ / No, it don’t quit / It’s like half of me is missin’ / Heaven knows it / That all I wanna do / Is be alone with / Your brown eyes all tangled up / Just holdin’ Onto you tonight / Until the mornin’ / Baby, that’s the damn truth / If home is where the heart is / I’m homesick for you,” Lape sang on the tune’s chorus.
“Absolutely delightful!” Cabello gushed of his amazing performance. “You glided over that, that’s probably my favorite performance of yours.”
“That chorus fit you like a glove,” Stefani said, before raving, “Every performance that you do, it’s similar, but it’s so engaging. You’re so calm!”
His coach, Shelton, then shared how proud he is to have watched him “develop vocally and artistically in front of our eyes” on the show.
“As you start to get confidence, you’re gonna get way too big for us to ever get to come back on this show,” Shelton added, before Cabello joked, “But hopefully not literally, because you’re way too tall!”
“You combine a great performance like that with the ‘it thing’ that you already have, the world is yours, man,” Shelton then said.
Last week, Shelton told Lape that he has “a future in Country music” after an epic cover of a Kenny Chesney’s “Come Over,” which earned him a spot in the Top 10 after America’s vote and praise from The Voice coaches.
“He’s so naturally gifted,” Shelton gushed, before his Shelton’s wife Stefani added, “so gorgeous and so tall.”
“Wow, There’s just something about you, you don’t really have to do much, and that’s rare,” Stefani added. “Honestly, you just be you. I want you to remember that about yourself, because you’re 16, and you’re just gonna get to know yourself better. I think what you do is so pure. That’s what people love about you.”
“You just have that thing, she’s right,” Shelton said, agreeing with Stefani’s comments.
Blake Shelton went on to rave over his unique vocal range before declaring that he has what it takes to succeed in Country music.
“Trust me. Other people on this panel really like you, too, just so you know,” Shelton added. “Man, you just have that thing. You have a solid country voice that’s different and unique. You have a future in country music, not to mention how far you’re going to go on this show. You’ve got it all, man.”
Lape has remained a fan-favorite on The Voice since he first took to the NBC studios stage during his blind audition, where he put a country twist on Niall Horan’s “This Town.”
Since the show was a live playoff, Lape needs America’s vote to move onto the next round of the competition (Semi-finals) and to earn a spot in the Top 8. The fate of Lape’s future on the popular singing competition show will be revealed during Tuesday evening’s (Nov. 29) one-hour episode of The Voice on NBC.
The Voice airs Mondays and Tuesdays at 8/7c on NBC.