DaNica Shirey

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DaNica Shirey
Birth name DaNica Jo Shirey[1]
Born April 12, 1989 (1989-04-12) (age 35)

DaNica Jo Shirey (born April 12, 1989) is an American singer. Shirey is best known for her appearance on NBC's reality TV singing competition The Voice Season 7 as part of Pharrell Williams' team placing sixth in the competition and placed first among female contestants. She is also best known for becoming the very first supported contestant on the popular web site Vote for the Girls, where she was saved by the web site's moderator panel following her elimination in the quarter-final on the seventh season of the reality/talent-search NBC television series.

Early life[edit]


The Voice[edit]

At the blind auditions on September 23, 2014, Shirey performed Jessie J's "Big White Room", prompting Adam Levine, Gwen Stefani, and Pharrell Williams to turn their chairs. Shirey then chose Williams and remained on his team. At the Battle rounds, Shirey faced Toia Jones where they sang the song "Halo", Shirey was chosen over Jones, in the process advanced to the Knockout rounds. During the Knockouts, Shirey sang "Saving All My Love For You" against Katriz Trinidad in which Pharrel selected her to remain in the competition, sending home Trinidad. During the Top 20 show, she sang "Help Me" and was voted through by America into the next week. The following week, the pop singer sang a rendition of Radiohead's song "Creep." During the Top 10 playoffs, Shirey sang a rendition of "I Have Nothing" and was voted through by America into the next week and . In the Top 8 round, her performance of "These Dreams" by Heart earned her enough votes to place her among the bottom four contestants. She was ultimately eliminated during the Quarterfinals. In a last attempt to remain on the show and get the Twitter Instant Save, she performed "I'd Rather Go Blind", but fellow contestant Chris Jamison received it instead (as the site's presentation when Vote for the Girls host Ava Zinn says to the seven other moderators, "Let me tell you would've been if the Moderators' Veto had not not used," and the announcement of Jamison's save is interrupted by a long buzzer. After 3 seconds, Zinn announces, "DaNica Shirey is eliminated, and that means we have zero female contestants left in this competition. What this means is that there is a Vote for the Girls loss and it's the first time on "The Voice" it has ever happened. According to the rules, though, the competition is over. Since the Moderators' Veto was used to reject DaNica's defeat, we will NOT declare a loss and none of the moderators face a punishment for failure to get DaNica to a victory"). Shirey was the last female contestant to be eliminated, leaving an all-male Top 5 for the first time in the show's history, leaving the moderator panel of the popular and controversial web site Vote for the Girls USA moderator panel stunned.

Public Reaction[edit]

Shirey was weblog Vote for the Girls' season most talked about Voice contestant in season 7, based on articles and searches conducted on the Internet. The weblog had Shirey as its current "pick" for the seventh season top 20 until she was eliminated.

For her to be considered for the Moderators' Save, all eight moderators (Ava Zinn, Nermal Everman (filling in for her aunt Holly as she was serving a suspension from the moderator panel after her second DUI arrest), Pittsburgh-based Kellie Rock, Julia Passalt, Lanise White, Karly Ryder, Jr., Kendra Ray (who recently joined the moderator panel and replaced terminated moderator Kathi Jameson), Kym Christian) rung in during Shirey's audition and because Shirey and Rock are from the state of Pennslvania, Shirey was Rock's primary pick and became the winning moderator after the eight moderators declared after the eliminations of Reagan James and Anita Antoinette on stage that they were unanimous in using their "Moderators' Save", a veto that was introduced earlier in the web site's sixth season. This made Shirey the first declared "Vote for the Girls" Voice pick (Shirey would later be joined by Christina Grimmie and Jena Asciutto following a review in January 2015) and the second supported contestant after Valerie Rockey in the web site's history spared from the site declaring a 'Vote for the Girls Loss upon her elimination.

Stage Song Original artist Date Order Result
Blind Audition "Big White Room" Jessie J September 23, 2014 Adam Levine, Gwen Stefani, and Pharrell Williams turned
Joined Team Pharrell
Battle Rounds "Halo" (vs. Toia Jones) Beyonce October 20, 2014 Saved by Coach
Knockout Rounds "Saving All My Love For You" (vs. Katriz Trinidad) Whitney Houston October 27, 2014 Saved by Coach
Live Playoffs "Help Me" Joni Mitchell November 11, 2014 Saved by Public Vote
Live Top 12 "Creep" Radiohead November 17, 2014 Saved by Public Vote
Live Top 10 "Saving All My Love For You" Whitney Houston November 24, 2014 Saved by Public Vote
Live Top 8 "These Dreams" Heart December 1, 2014 Elimainated
Wildcard performance "Without You" Mariah Carey December 9, 2014 Lost (3rd)

Personal life[edit]

After that, she met the father of her first child.


Television appearances[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2014 The Voice Herself Contestant



Release date Single Peak chart positions Sales Album
"—" denotes releases that did not chart


External links[edit]

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