“Actually, what I was singing about was Puerto Rico.”
Johnny Bliss got a highly coveted four-chair spin from “The Voice” judges with a Spanish-language song. If you aren’t familiar with the show, contestants go through a first round called Blind Auditions. The performer sings while the judges, Adam Levine, Alicia Keys, Kelly Clarkson, and Blake Shelton, have their backs to them and when they like the singer, they push a button and their chair spins around. From there, the judges interested in the singer have to convince the singer to choose them as their coach. Bliss got all four of the judges to spin their chairs. However, Clarkson was blocked by Levine and Bliss definitely wanted Clarkson as his coach. This meant he could not choose Clarkson as his coach.
Bliss told the judges about his strong connection to the Dominican Republic and Puerto Rico, which is seen in the full episode. Bliss grew up in the Washington Heights neighborhood in New York City, which is a strong Dominican neighborhood. He is half Dominican and half Puerto Rican. The choice to sing “Preciosa” by Marc Anthony was in honor of the two islands recovering after the last hurricane season that brought unprecedented destruction to the Caribbean.
Bliss also opened up to the judges about discovering himself as a gay man in the Latino community. This conversation is only available in the full episode of the show and it a very touching moment with his grandmother back stage listening. While the acceptance of the community was important, it was his grandmother’s acceptance that meant the most to him. After she accepted him, he felt free to live his authentic life.
Then, the fighting between “The Voice” judges began for this incredible Latino singer.
“I blocked Kelly. I just want you to know that the second I heard you sing I thought, ‘Okay, who’s going to stand in my way of this?’ If I could block everybody, I would have,” Levine told Bliss. “I think that you have, not only the voice that can go all the way here, but what I also believe is that there are those really rare moments where I can actually lose myself in something and feel something so incredible and overwhelming and I had one with you.”
But Keys was ready to play and pleaded her case for Bliss by first saying her name came from her Puerto Rican godmother. Then she broke out into her Spanish version of “If I Ain’t Got You“. Not only was the whole audience in awe, Bliss was visibly moved by the singing. Shelton admitted that he knew he wasn’t going to win so her started advocating for Bliss to choose Keys. Clarkson, who had been blocked by Levine told him to choose Keys. Levine was left to fight for himself and it did not work.
Bliss is a proud member of Team Alicia.
— Alicia Keys (@aliciakeys) March 6, 2018
Stay tuned to “The Voice” to watch Bliss compete to be the best.