Koryn Hawthorne, a 16-year old from Abbeville, won a spot on “The Voice” Tuesday night, joining four other Louisianians to so far make it on to the hit NBC show.
The junior at Lighthouse Christian Prepatory School who works in a pizza shop got judges Pharrell Williams and Christina Aguilera to turn their chairs during the blind auditions, where judges must decide solely on a contestant’s singing ability.
Both judges praised Hawthorne’s rendition of “My Kind of Love,” with Aguilera calling her a “powerhouse vocalist” and Willimas adding that he appreciated her humility. “That was awesome. People will line up to see that for the rest of your life,” Williams said.
Judge Adam Levine chimed in that Hawthorne’s throaty sound was “bonkers mature from a 16 year old. It sounded like a 40-year-old person.”
Hawthorne elected to join Team Christina.
On Monday night, Lafayette native Travis Ewing chose to work with Williams. Others from the Bayou State who will be singing in the competition include Tonya Boyd-Cannon, of New Orleans, who joined Team Adam; Rob Taylor, of Donaldsonville, Team Christina; and Meghan Linsey, of Ponchatoula, also Team Pharrell.
“The Voice,” usually airing on Mondays and Tuesdays, comes on again tonight at 7 on NBC, going up against Fox’s “American Idol,” where New Orleanian Quentin Alexander is the lone Louisiana contestant still in the competition.