Teenage rocker Moriah Formica closed Monday’s episode of “The Voice” with a rare four-chair turn. In fact, it was only the second one provided by coaches Adam Levine, Blake Shelton, Jennifer Hudson, and Miley Cyrus for Night 3 of the Season 13 blind auditions. She blasted out the Heart song “Crazy on You,” prompting Adam to say if she waits long enough for the aging band, they might lose a member she could replace.
NBC’s Emmy-winning “The Voice” premiered Monday, September 25, with the first blind auditions of this season and continued for a second night on that Tuesday. This third installment on Monday, October 2, was live blogged with instant analysis on Gold Derby.
For the final performance (watch above) of the two-hour episode, Miley was the first coach to turn and then quite a long time elapsed before Adam, Blake, and Jennifer hit their buttons. In our ongoing live blog during the show, our contributing writer John Benutty said: “Jennifer’s pitch is that she wants to let Moriah do her own thing. Blake tells her that she has the potential to be a star and she should choose him because he promises to trust her. Miley wants Moriah to see her as a big sister and thinks they can relate to one another. Adam wraps it up by calling her an ‘old soul,’ complimenting her knowledge of rock-n-roll and calls her ‘the next great female rock singer.’ Going against her first inclinations to choose either Adam or Jennifer, Moriah goes with Miley instead!”
According to her NBC bio about the 16-year-old from New York: “Moriah was raised on rock music. Her dad played a lot of ’80s hair metal around the house, which led her to pick up a guitar and teach herself how to play. Moriah started to sing when she was nine years old and her first performance was at a graduation party that shocked her whole family. At 11, she joined the Modern Day Music Program, a music school that allows kids to join bands and play rock music together. Through the program she was able to meet Michael Sweet, who is the lead singer of ’80s metal band Stryper. She opened for him at a local show and later sang on his most recent album, which reached No. 1 on the Billboard Hard Rock chart.”
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