Section by section, groups of five were called to a little room where they were given just moment’s to wow over producers. As each person took a second to sing just one verse and one chorus, the tension brewed and just as quickly as it began, it was over.
“Thank you. You all sounded wonderful, but your just not what we’re looking for,” these were the final words Sara Montanelli would hear before walking out of “The Voice” auditions on Saturday, July 20.
“It was not at all what I expected,” explained Montanelli. “I just don’t see how the time they allowed us, was enough to see what we can do and I’m sorry some of those people sounded amazing.”
Just day’s prior to her big debut, Montanelli had to undergo surgery, where doctors removed her gallbladder. Worried she wasn’t going to be able to audition, she gathered up what little strength she had and made the trip.
“I had to try. I had to do whatever it took to show I am that dedicated,” said Montanelli. “I was sore all over, but I had to do this for me.”
Montanelli went on to explain how she prepared for the audition; singing battles. As everyone was waiting for their shot to sing for producers people began to sing and some even began to dance.
“That made for a interesting time while we all sat there nervous and patiently waiting,” said Montanelli. “After a while my section was finally called. We were all herded to a small room, where we got to sing one verse and one chorus for one producer, who honestly didn’t even seem like she wanted to be there.”
Everyone was placed in groups of five and brought back in teams of two. However, according to Montanelli, it almost seemed like the producers already had a genre in mind as most of those who received red passes, were dressed in cowboy hats, boots and button downs.
“Like I said it wasn’t at all what I expected but it was a great experience,” Montanelli said. “[What got me down] is that I don’t think we were given nearly enough time to showcase ourselves, and it certainly didn’t help that even the producer didn’t want to be there, but I’m not done yet.”
Montanelli said she fully intends on sending in a video audition, where she will not only be able to show her individuality, but prove she is not a quitter, as that was not how she was raised.
“My mom didn’t raise us to give up,” explained Montanelli. “Just cause it doesn’t work out the first time doesn’t mean you give up, it just means keep trying. Do what you have to do to make your dreams come true and one day they will. I honestly believe my purpose is music and that’s what I’m going to do.”
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