The contestants on “The Voice” are usually picked by coaches Blake Shelton, Christina Aguilera, Cee Lo Green and Adam Levine, but when it comes to Angie Johnson, someone else was instrumental in her becoming a part of the show. Johnson serves in the International Guard and was performing for troops overseas when one soldier pulled out a cell phone and videotaped her performance, posting it on Youtube.
Little did that person know how life changing that moment would be.
First, the video went viral. But then an even more fortunate twist of fate came along, when it came to the attention of Carson Daly, who just happens to host “The Voice.”
Daly tracked her down and pushed for her to audition for “The Voice,” and today she is a member of Team Cee Lo after the blind auditions. In the rollercoaster ride that Johnson’s life has become, Daly now holds a special place as the person responsible for one of her favorite moments so far.
“Face to face, meeting Carson Daly was probably my favorite moment really,” says Johnson. “Because he kind of ushered me into this whole process. And he really stuck his neck out for me, by tweeting about the video and looking for me and bringing me in. He was just so instrumental in the whole process. So when I actually got to meet him it took a lot for me not to just bawl my eyes out, but we were on camera so I was like ‘I can’t cry … I can’t cry,'” she laughs.
Johnson auditioned with Pat Benatar’s “Heartbreaker,” because she felt it was a strong female vocal, yet a classic that would be recognizable.
“All girls that aspire to be a singer are Pat Benatar fans or should be,” says Johnson. “She is a strong female vocal in your face right from the beginning. I don’t want to give the audience or coaches time to breathe.”
Green was the lone judge to turn his chair, which is no small accomplishment as the coaches have gotten notoriously picky this season, passing by many amazing singers. It turned out not only to be a blessing in itself, but made life a lot easier than if she would have had to pick between multiple judges.
“I really don’t know what I would have done. I really think I would have taken up too much time deliberating,” Johnson says. “I mean how do you pick between those four incredible artists? I don’t know how the contestants that had a choice did it. They would have had to cut to commercial break for me.”
Not only is she thrilled to work with Green, but has a lot of love for her teammates, complimenting each for all their unique contributions and staying in close touch with them as the taped episodes are airing. But a couple were maybe a little more surprising than the rest.
“Sarah Golden is awesome — she is one of the funniest people you will ever meet. I don’t know if that comes across in any of her interviews on the voice, but she is hilarious,” laughs Johnson. “Jamie’s kinda quiet but he’s got a little quirky sense of humor too and he’s mighty talented. I don’t know if the minute and a half on the stage on ‘The Voice’ was enough time to show how great he is. But yeah, we get along really well.”
Of course, as blind auditions wrap up this week, we move to the battle rounds, where teammates become mortal enemies in a vocal battle to the death. As the audition episodes air, all the contestants are finally getting to see the competition they face.
“We didn’t get to see each others’ performances. The first time I’m really getting to see how their performances went down was on television just like America. So when Jamie (Lono) performed it was like, ‘You have got to be kidding me. You look nothing like your voice.'”
Which is, of course, the whole concept of the show and what makes it so great to Johnson and the its fans.
As far as the competitive aspect that now comes into play, Johnson has never really been into that side and has only done contests in the past as a tool to improve and challenge herself to get better. But that isn’t to say one can’t dream, and it’s hard not to think about the grand prize.
“I dream, but … in everything in my life I try to look at things one step at a time because you never know what’s going to happen, and if you try to overly prepare for something that’s hypothetical, then you haven’t prepared for what’s gonna be right in front of you. I just try to do things one thing at a time and take it as it comes.
“I want to do my best — I want to give 100% so that I know at the end of it all I did everything that I possibly could. I want to get better … I want to excel. More than anything I just want to be a sponge for all the mentors. There’s something to be learned from every single coach and also my teammates and the other contestants. I want to take in every moment and get every bit of education I can out of it so I can go forth in my career.”
Because of the incredible wave of support from the Youtube video, Johnson feels the story has sort of taken on a life of its own. But with that, she now feels a responsibility to those who have come along for the ride.
“This isn’t just my dream,” she says. “Because of the way this happened … and so many people have attached themselves to the story and invested themselves in it, it’s not just mine anymore. It belongs to a whole lot of people — at least 2.5 million other people that have watched the Youtube video. I want to do my best to make them happy. This is something that’s unfolding and it’s magical for everybody.
“My only goal for the show is to make everyone feel that magic, and to take them along with me on this journey — take them every step of the way. They’re so excited and I want to keep that going.
“Regardless of what happens on ‘The Voice’ — whether I win it all or whether I get sent home — I want to make a career out of this, and it won’t be the end for me either way.”
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