“I love New Boston, Michigan,” said “The Voice” judge and country superstar Blake Shelton, as he reacted to 21-year-old Daniel Passino’s audition during the airing of the popular singing competition Tuesday evening on NBC.
Passino, a native of New Boston who studies opera at The University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, performed a version of the song “Marvin Gaye” by Charlie Puth.
At the end of his performance — referred to as a “blind audition,” — both Shelton and pop star Christina Aguilera made an attempt to take Passino under their wing for the remainder of the competition, and the choice was then up to Passino.
“Ever since I was really young, Christina you have been one of my biggest idols and inspirations, so I pick Christina,” Passino said.
According to their YouTube page, The Voice, which airs Mondays and Tuesdays at 8 p.m. on NBC, operates on a format that features five stages of competition: the first begins with the blind auditions, followed by the battle rounds, the knockouts, the live playoffs and finally, the live performance shows.
Watch Daniel Passino perform in the video below