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Mathai’s impressive “Voice” run finally ends



By Vikas Girdhar/SATimes

New York: Indian-American Sharon Mathai, an 18-year-old medical student from Atlanta, Georgia was sent home from the second season of NBC’s The Voice on Tuesday as the contest narrows competitors for the next month’s finals.

Mathai’s impressive run began with the first of three stages in The Voice’s format. During the first stage, the blind audition, Mathai sang "Rumor Has It" by Adele and immediately caught the attention of viewers and celebrity coaches Cee Lo Green, Blake Shelton and Adam Levine. She ultimately picked Levine to be her coach for the duration of her run.

During the second stage, the battle round, Mathai squared off against hopeful Nicolle Galyon as they both served their best voices up for a rendition of Sara Bareilles’ "Love Song". Mathai was a unanimous winner chosen by the judges.

On Tuesday’s show, the third stage of the show’s format, live performances, Mathai, along with five others—two from her team and three from an opposing team—were originally on the chopping block. It then came down to Mathai and teammate Katrina Parker to battle head-to-head for their spots. Mathai sang "Cowboy Casanova" by Carrie Underwood garnering some positive remarks from the judges but was ultimately determined to have put on a lesser-deserving performance than her opponent.

Despite Mathai’s unsuccessful finish, she maintained throughout her tenure on the show that this is a dream she would still love to pursue even if it means putting her medical dreams on hold or getting rid of them altogether.

"I was a senior in high school and I was working towards being in the medical field, being a doctor," says Mathai. "I wish I had a really cool story but honestly what happened to me is I just woke up one day and I was like, ‘I really think I’m supposed to be a singer.’ I’d always been a nerd, I was such a big academic. It was kind of hectic and finally I decided to let go of school for now and just follow this dream because it’s freaking awesome and I want to make the most of it. [My parents] were upset, they said what would I do with my life in music and could end up homeless. I had to swim against that cultural current. I could not live a life of regrets, what ifs. I had to try."

That’s exactly how she ended up winning the hearts of countless viewers and gaining the respect of those same parents who had doubted her dreams initially.


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