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This Latino Did Miguel’s ‘Adorn’ On ‘The Voice’ And He Absolutely Killed It

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Bryan Bautista was one of the standout performers this season of “The Voice” but the Team Christina singer’s run recently came to an end at the hands of viewers. Bautista was one of three singers battling it out for an “instant save” which would have kept him in the competition. The Dominican singer, who chose Miguel’s “Adorn,” pretty much killed it, prompting Christina Aguilera to urge America to vote for Bautista because he represents Latinos so well. Unfortunately, voters disagreed and Bautista was eliminated. At least Bautista, who is known for his smooth falsetto, went out on a high note (pun sorta intended).

Bautista was one of the final 10 contestants on season 10 of ‘The Voice.”

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Just a few years ago, Bautista was working as an usher at Barclays Center in his hometown of Brooklyn, New York.

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One night, Bautista was given the chance to sing the national anthem before a Brooklyn Nets game – and he killed it.

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Bautista left the crowd (and TV announcers) thoroughly impressed. And he did it while wearing his Barclays Center usher outfit.

Pumped from his newfound fame, Bautista auditioned for season 9 of “The Voice.” Unfortunately, no judges picked Bautista and he was eliminated.

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But Bautista received words of encouragement from judges Pharrell and Adam Levine, who told him not to give up on his dream.

Bautista returned to audition on season 10, and his rendition of “The Hills” by The Weeknd got the attention of a few judges:

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Christina Aguilera was the first to turn around for Bautista…

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Which set off Bautista’s mom, who was watching backstage with her son and host Carson Daly.

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Later, Blake Shelton turned around for Bautista.

Take a close look at the performance, and you’ll also see Adam Levine give Pharrell a total why-aren’t-you-turning-around-for-this-guy look.

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Neither Levine or Pharrell turned around, but they recognized Bautista from his previous audition. Bautista thanked them for their words of encouragement.

Bautista eventually chose Christina Aguilera as his coach. He’s gone on a strong run with performances like this:

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And this:

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Bautista recently melted everyone’s heart when he dedicated his performance of “Just The Way You Are” to his younger sister.

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Bautista’s sister couldn’t hold back the tears, and his mom was all smiles.

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He later took to Instagram to wish his sister a happy 18th birthday.

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Bautista’s public display of affection for his family is nothing new. On “The Voice,” Bautista has said his mother is his biggest inspiration.

Happy Mother's Day to my rock. To the strongest person I know.. I love you, Ma.

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Bautista says his mother encouraged him to pursue a career in music after his season 9 audition. The 23-year-old quit his job and began taking vocal lessons in order to focus on music.

With the support of his family – and thousands of loyal “The Voice” viewers – Bautista had an impressive run.

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After Bautista’s final performance, Pharrell gushed over the singer’s abilities and suggested that Jay-Z and Roc Nation sign Bautista to a deal.

READ: This Latina Is Killing It On ‘The Voice’ And Her Immigrant Parents Are Rooting For Her

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‘The Voice’ Judges Lost Their Minds For This Latino’s Performance Of ‘Preciosa’

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‘The Voice’ Judges Lost Their Minds For This Latino’s Performance Of ‘Preciosa’

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“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.

Stay tuned to “The Voice” to watch Bliss compete to be the best.


READ: The Judges Of “The Voice” Lost It When This Latina Belted Out “Como La Flor”

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This Is What ‘Despacito’ Sounds Like When Everyone Performing It Actually Knows The Lyrics

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This Is What ‘Despacito’ Sounds Like When Everyone Performing It Actually Knows The Lyrics

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Last week, during NBC’s “The Voice” season 12 finale, Mark Isaiah, an eliminated top 10 finalist, was brought back to perform the #1 hit song “Despacito.” He was joined on stage by the original creators of the song, Puerto Rican superstars Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee — and to be honest, Isaiah held his own, vocally and as a performer.

Justin Bieber, who helped catapult a remix of the hit song to the #1 spot in the U.S., couldn’t be there, which is probably best, because he showed that he doesn’t know (or seem to care about) the lyrics. If you haven’t already seen the video, Bieber was recently spotted in an NYC club performing an impromptu version of “Despacito,” where he sang, “blah blah blah Burrito,” when he couldn’t remember the lyrics.

No worries though, the Biebs wasn’t missed, because Isaiah executed the song flawlessly and showed that even though he didn’t win “The Voice” this season, he’s definitely got crossover appeal for the Latino market. Hopefully the Fonsi and Yankee train can get him there — especially if Bieber keeps forgetting his lines.


READ: This Song That Your Parents Danced To Is Finally About To Be Eclipsed By ‘Despacito’ On The Charts


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