UPDATES FROM CASEY WESTON'S TWITTER ACCOUNT
Gulf Coast High senior Casey Weston made her prime-time debut Tuesday on NBC’s “The Voice.”
The 18-year-old singer and songwriter made the most of a second chance convincing Maroon 5 lead singer Adam Levine with a rendition of Keith Urban’s “Stupid boy.”
Levine made Weston one of the 32 survivors for the new NBC talent show.
“I’m so excited that I am shaking,” Weston said before giving Levine a hug. Weston continues on The Voice next Tuesday at 9 p.m.
Weston actually didn’t get selected in the first round of the “blind auditions” when she sang Miley Cyrus’ “The Climb.”
“That day was so intense...and having no judges turn around was such a weird experience,” said Weston wrote on her blog for the show. “I was nervous of course singing in front of all the coaches, and even though none of them turned around it didn’t really get me down. I thought it was cool just to have had the opportunity to sing for them at all.”
But fortunately for Weston the teams of eight were not filled through the first auditions, she and seven others got to impress the celebrity coaches a second time.
“One of the craziest and exciting experiences of my life so far,” said Weston, who was born and grew up in Naples. “Iʼm so excited I made it through, and I canʼt wait to work with Adam.”
The NBC series, which kicked-off last Tuesday with a two-hour taped episode, sets itself apart from other similar talent shows with an unexpected twist: Contestants are initially heard but not seen by a panel of pop stars.
Once a singer catches the judges’ attention, music greats Levine, Christina Aguilera, Cee Lo Green and Blake Shelton spin around in throne like chairs and finally get to glimpse the singer they backed or passed on.
The pros themselves competed to assemble a team of would-be pop stars, with the goal of guiding one toward a record contract and a $100,000 prize.
“The Voice” is modeled after Holland’s vocal talent discovery show, “The Voice of Holland.” Hosted by Carson Daly.
The premise of the show has each famous coach mentor a team of artists chosen solely for their voices. Then the coaches begin to eliminate their own group members by having contestants battle each other. Each coach will have his or her best contestant left standing to compete in the finale. From these four, one will be named “The Voice” and will receive the grand prize of a recording contract and $100,000.
Weston sings and plays the guitar at restaurants, nightspots and music festivals all over Florida. She began performing her original songs and covers four years ago. In the fall of 2009, she recorded her self-titled album, “Casey Weston.”
She has opened up for well known singers on the country music circuit, such as Craig Morgan, James Otto and Justin Moore. Weston has also played at the Bluebird Café, Hard Rock Café and other venues in Nashville.