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    Sterling’s Sill survives to top eight of “The Voice”

    Sterling’s Ryan Sill faces the crowd “singing for his life” with Howie Day’s “Collide.” Courtesy photo
    Sterling native Ryan Sill moves on to the top eight on NBC's “The Voice” after barely surviving Tuesday's elimination round.

    In the lowest three once again, 20-year-old Sill sang the song “Collide” by Howie Day in a last effort to garner enough votes from viewers to stay in the game.

    Team Gwen performers made up two of the three lowest scorers, including Sill, Anita Antoinette and Reagan James from Team Blake.

    “Ryan, you deserve to be here,” said Sill's team leader, singer Gwen Stefani, after he sang. “You are an incredible singer. Your voice blows me away, and you are a beautiful person.”

    “Just please, save this guy. We love him,” she said to viewers.

    The three singers had their last chance in the Instant Save, in which fans vote on who they wanted to go on to the top eight. Viewers place their votes via Twitter, tweeting #VoiceSave along with the first name of the artist of their choice.

    In this case, #VoiceSaveRyan topped. Antoinette and James were sent home.

    “Always do music for the right reasons,” Stefani said to her team facing elimination. “Making it? What is making it? It's really the journey you are on. That is all it is...It's not about winning, it's about the journey, and you are on a journey. This is just a part of it.”

    This is Sill's consecutive second Instant Save in two weeks.

    The underdog of the show, Sill graduated from Dominion High School in Sterling in 2012.

    He's taking a year-long break from his college career at James Madison University to pursue his singing.

    Watch Sill compete in the top eight Monday, Dec. 1 at 8 p.m.

    Sill made it into the top eight after being saved through tweet votes Tuesday, Nov. 25. He was one of three who faced elimination. Courtesy photo

    Sill is a Loudoun native, graduating high school in Sterling. He was encouraged to follow through with his idea to audition for the show by family, friends and his girlfriend. Courtesy photo

    The Voice 2014 - Ryan Sill: "Collide"

    For more coverage on Sill's competing on "The Voice:"
    -Dominion High School grad lands spot on “The Voice”
    -Crescendo: Sterling resident aims high on “The Voice
    -Sterling’s Sill competes for top eight spot on “The Voice”
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