Two local singers compete on 'The Voice'

Staff writerSeptember 23, 2013 

UPDATE: Emily Randolph will not appear on "The Voice" on Monday night as previously reported.

Two local singers have auditioned to be “The Voice.”

Country singer Emily Randolph, 15, and Stephanie Johnson, a Pacific Lutheran University graduate, have both recorded auditions for the show but NBC would not confirm their appearances. However, a publicist from Warner Bros. did confirm Randolph's appearance on the show.

“The Voice” premiered on Monday night and continues Tuesday night with more blind auditions. The auditions run for a total of six episodes. The show switches to a live broadcast later in the season.

“The Voice” uses a signature blind audition in which coaches Blake Shelton, Christina Aguilera, CeeLo Green and Adam Levine keep their backs to the contestants so they are not influenced by the singer's appearance. If a coach likes what they hear they push a red button which swings their chair 180 degrees to face the contestants.

Randolph, an Eatonville High School junior, has performed publicly for years, often at civic events. In 2009, at age 11, she rewrote the lyrics to John Mellencamp's "Small Town" and sang it while perched on the official town float in Eatonville's centennial parade. She sang "Amazing Grace" at the memorial service for slain Mount Rainier National Park ranger Margaret Anderson in 2012. She most recently performed on Sept. 15 at The Swiss in Tacoma.

Tacoma native Johnson, a 2011 graduate of Pacific Lutheran University, posted on her Facebook page that she auditioned for the show. The singer whose style incorporates jazz, blues, folk and soul has an album out titled, “Hollatchagurl."

The two singers are following in the footsteps of Tacoma singer-songwriter Vicci Martinez, who placed third on “The Voice” during its first season in 2011. On Sunday night “The Voice” was awarded an Emmy for Best Reality Competition Series.

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When: 8-10 p.m. Mondays and Tuesdays

Where: NBC


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