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Anthony Evans, gospel artist and son of megachurch pastor Dr. Tony Evans, was pitted against gospel artist Jesse Campbell in the battle round on the television show "The Voice" Monday night. However, Evans was sent home by mentor Christina Aguilera, causing many to speak about the impact that the performance had on them.
Evans and Campbell, both gospel singers, sang the Alicia Key's song, "If I Ain't Got You," in the battle round of the competition that would eliminate one singer. The two men with similar styles both put on a performance that made even the song's originator proud.
"Amazing performance," Keys tweeted after the two men performed, hitting high notes and extravagant runs. "That was so fun to watch."
Despite judges Cee Lo Green, Aguilera, Blake Shelton and Adam Levine complimenting both performers, only one gospel singer from the female judge's team was allowed to move past the battle round. Although Aguilera did not choose Evans, the pastor's son managed to bless many people who witnessed his performance.
"Your son blessed me last night on 'The Voice,'" one person wrote on the pastor's Facebook wall.
Another said they were now just as inspired by Anthony as they were by his father, who serves as the chaplain for the NBA's Dallas Mavericks and NFL's Dallas Cowboys.
"You have always been an inspiration to me," another person wrote on the pastor's Facebook wall. "Now your son is inspiring me as well! God bless the Evans family!"
The younger Evans took to his own social media page to thank fans who watched him during the competition, and joke about his feelings of regret.
"Thanks for all the love you guys..did my best," Evans tweeted after the competition. "(I) Don't have any regrets (except for Christina not saying 'Anthony') lol."
Aguilera took to her own Twitter page to speak about the hard decision of sending people home.
"Incredible performances in the Battles tonight,"Aguilera tweeted. "I had tough choices, so hard to send great singers home. They are forever team Xtina."