Olivia Rubini will sing on the next round of “The Voice” live on NBC


This time, fans of Delaware's Olivia Rubini didn't have to wait long to find out her fate on the latest round of “The Voice.”

The 25-year-old Hockessin singer appeared early on Monday night's first episode of the NBC show's Knockouts Round, where she faced off against a fellow contestant after both were met by this season's “mega-mentor,” the country star Keith Urban, were trained.

In the end, Rubini was crowned the winner and will be among the final ten remaining contestants to reach the quarterfinals, which will be broadcast live later this month. (An exact date has not yet been announced.)

And there's more good news for Rubini's First State fans: She has announced two upcoming concerts in Delaware and a new single.

How their victory came about

On Monday night's episode, Rubini competed against 19-year-old singer Frank Garcia from Roma, Texas, and everyone got to choose their own song to sing.

Garcia went first and sang Mexican singer José José's “El Triste” before Rubini got her chance and tackled Elton John's “Tiny Dancer.”

Before their big moment in front of coaches John Legend, Reba McEntire, Chance the Rapper and Dan + Shay, they spent time with Urban as they prepared their songs for the stage.

Rubini took Urban's advice to sing the song in a higher key than the interpretation she gave him while she was mentoring him.

“Eighty to 90 percent of the song will be in a much better key for you,” Urban told her. “You can’t channel Elton in your head when he sings that song because he didn’t do it in that key.”

It worked.

The legend chose Rubini and praised “all the different ways you brought out your chest voice, your head voice and even the little crackles you made.”

Then came McEntire, who also chose Rubini. “I love this song. I'm a big fan of your voice and this performance didn't disappoint. You did a great job,” she said.

Chance that the rapper ultimately gave Garcia the win, although he said it was “very close.”

And then Dan + Shay gave Rubini her win, causing her to bow her head in relief and later cheer on camera and proclaim, “I'm going to the playoffs!”

Shay Mooney said of his choice: “What Olivia did was special.” Dan Smyers added: “Her voice has an inherently retro feel to it. She nailed all her grades.”

Watch Rubini live

Rubini will be one of the featured musicians onstage at this year's Wilmington Flower Market (Friday-Sunday, May 9-11) in the city's Rockford Park.

Her performance is scheduled for Friday, May 10th at 5:30 p.m. The performance is free.

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The Padua Academy graduate will also perform at the new Sunrise Fest in Schellville (36470 Seaside Outlet Dr, Rehoboth Beach), celebrating the start of Delaware's beach season.

It will take place on Saturday, June 8, from 2 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. An exact date for Rubini has not been announced yet.

Also scheduled to appear: country singer Karen Waldrup, who is also appearing with Rubini on this season of “The Voice,” and singer Julia Roome, who was just 13 when she appeared on “The Voice” last season. Local singers Anna Burgess of Easton, Maryland, and Cecilia Grace of Rehoboth Beach are also on the bill.

Tickets are available now at for the early bird price of $25.

From independent Delaware artist to “The Voice” favorite.

Rubini has been releasing music independently since she was 15, including her 2021 full-length album “Silhouettes.”

The 10-track pop album was produced by her father and veteran Delaware musician Ritchie Rubini.

Since her debut on The Voice, she has released more music, including the single “Heartless Woman.” A second single titled “Love Em & Leave Em” will be released on Friday, April 12th.

In fact, she didn't look for her big TV moment on “The Voice.” A talent scout for the show found her online and contacted her via Instagram.

“It's not every day you see a talent scout for 'The Voice' in your DMs. “I absolutely thought it was a scam,” she told Delaware Online/The News Journal last month.

Rubini is only the fourth Delawarean to compete on “The Voice’s” 25 seasons, which has featured more than 1,300 singers.

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