Pinay teen singer turns four chairs in The Voice blind auditions
With her fresh take on fellow Fil-Am singer Bruno Mars' "Runaway Baby," a US-born Filipina teen managed to make all four judges of the hit singing show The Voice turn their chairs around and witness her talent.
Anatalia Villaranda is one of the fresh crop of contestants who passed the blind audition segment of the reality singing competition during its premiere on Monday.
Just 16, the Filipina singer blew away Season 12 judges and noted singer-songwriters Alicia Keys, Gwen Stefani, Blake Shelton, and Adam Levine.
Shelton praised the way Villaranda built her voice up and turned her momentum into a positive; Stefani praised her energy and positivity; while Levine said she "could win this entire thing."
Keys, the judge Villaranda would ultimately pick as her coach, said the teen fits the mold of who she was looking for in the competition: "An artist unafraid to express herself."
Before her stint on The Voice, Villaranda made it to the middle rounds of the last season of American Idol.