Wednesday, March 1, 2017

The Voice 2017 Blind Audition - Anatalia Villaranda: "Runaway Baby"

Anatolia Villaranda, from American Idol to The Voice.

A FILIPINA/AMERICAN teenager's growling cover of Bruno Mars' "Runaway Baby" impressed the four judges on The Voice getting all of them to turn their chairs around to lay claim to the impressive singer.

Even though last night (Feb. 28) was the premiere of the reality singing competition, Anatolia Villaranda, 16, of Temecula, Calif. received the ultimate compliment from one of the judges, Adam Levine, when he said, "I do believe you could win this entire thing."

The upbeat, rocking version of Bruno Mars' "Runaway Baby," had the judges mouthing "Wow!" before they opted to turn their chairs around during the show's first Blind Audition. First country singer Blake Shelton and the soulful Alicia Keys hit their buttons followed by Maroon's front man Levine then Gwen Stefani.

They all took turns lauding the singer's performance to try to convince her to pick them as her coach for the next elimination round. There are five stages of the competition show, starting with the blinds, then the Battle Rounds, Knockouts, Live Playoffs and, finally, the Live Performance Shows. During the blind auditions, decisions about the music artists are based solely on their voices.

"This is more than just a voice," gushed Keys. "This is an artist who is unafraid to express yourself. I would like you to look in your heart and see how important it is for you to be on my team." 

“What I relate to the most is that energy to get everybody going," Stefani told Anatlia, adding that she wanted to share her talent with her. “I just really feel passionate abut you and your positivity and I would love to talk about how we could show your personality through fashion, etc. I think we could work together and that would be so fun.”

Before Levine made his bold prediction, he told her that her talent is “something you can’t teach.”

After expressing how difficult the decision was for her to make, Anatolia finally chose Keys.

Anatolia also auditioned for American Idol last year, the final show of the grandfather of singing competitions, where she was eliminated early.

During her Idol audition in February 2016, some fans on Twitter asked Villaranda about her nationality. "My mom is from Bacolod and my dad is from Manila! Thanks for your support!" she replied.