On the March 5 episode of “The Voice,” the first transgender contestant in the 14-season history of the show competed. Angel Bonilla, 25, delivered an emotional rendition of the Sam Smith track “Lay Me Down.” She won over three-time winning coach Adam Levine and moves on to the next round of the competition. How do you think she did compared to the other contestants on episode 3 of “The Voice.” Watch the video of her performance above. Then vote in our poll at the bottom of this post and sound off in the comments section.
In her heartfelt interview with Carson Daly, Bonilla revealed, “As early as 5 years old, I already knew that I am a girl trapped in a boy’s body. Growing up in a very conservative family, it was very difficult for my father. As she readily admitted, “When my dad saw me as a girl for the first time, he was puzzled. He’s not sure if I am his son, but he embraced me. I promised him that I will do great things. I wanted my father to be proud of me, and I’m doing this to honor him.” Indeed, her father was in the audience to cheer her on as she performed for the four coaches.
Bonilla elaborates on her life in the official NBC biography: “At the age of 6, Angel, who was born a male, could not ignore her feminine soul and strong sense of being a girl. Coming from a conservative Catholic family in the Philippines, transitioning was not easy. During this difficult time, Angel discovered her love of music. By the time she was 16 years old, Angel had transitioned into a beautiful young woman, and her family moved to the United States a few years later. Angel currently lives in Los Angeles, where she is pursuing the often difficult dream of becoming a singer.”