The Voice's Alisan Porter on Her Performance That Left All Four Coaches in Awe: It Was An 'Emotional Connection' For Me
04/19/2016 AT 05:00 PM EDT
The Curly Sue actress, who has openly discussed her past struggles with alcohol, performed Demi Lovato's "Stone Cold" and was given a standing ovation by the audience, including all four judges.
"I think this was just an emotional connection for me, this song," Porter, 34, told PEOPLE after her performance. "I cared a little bit less about a perfect vocal and more about the emotional connection. I really relate to the song. It was easy to feel what I was talking about."
Porter, who landed a spot on Christina Aguilera's team, says that her journey on The Voice has already proven to be a learning experience.
"We definitely go through a huge learning process from our first rehearsal with our coaches until we step on stage," says Porter. "Songs have been changed, songs have been completely different. I did stuff tonight that I never did in rehearsal which kind of happens. It's never negative, but there's definitely constructive criticism along the way."
And Porter wasn't the only one to shock the crowd with a jaw-dropping performance.
Sixteen-year-old Shalyah Fearing closed the show with a beautiful rendition of Kelly Clarkson's "Up to the Mountain."
"That song was sort of a testimony for me because I have been climbing my own mountain," Fearing told PEOPLE backstage. "I've been climbing it for a long time. I believe we all have our own mountains that we climb and we're just barely at the top. That was my testimony."
The Voice airs Mondays and Tuesdays at 8 p.m. on NBC.