Normally it takes a lot of practice to become a truly great singer. However, there are a lucky few who can sing beautifully from a young age. An 8 year-old girl named Larissa who appeared on “The Voice” is a prime example.
“The Voice” is a reality talent show program where contestants perform songs in blind auditions (the judges can’t see them) and during their performance, the judges can decide whether to recruit a contestant to their team by hitting a button that causes their chair to swivel around dramatically and face the stage. The teams are managed by coaches who ultimately decide which contestants advance to the next round, where they’ll compete as individuals. There are numerous national and regional versions of “The Voice” and also some kids editions.
8 year-old Larissa was a contestant on the German version of “The Voice Kids.” The interesting thing is that although it’s made for a German-speaking audience, this edition of the show is popular with a worldwide audience. Larissa was there to wow everyone with her version of the song “Cups,” based on the 1931 song “When I’m Gone” by the folk music group The Carter Family. In 2009, Luisa Gerstein and Heloise Tunstall-Behrens of Lulu and the Lampshades created the “Cups” version where it’s sung a capella except that a cup is used as a percussion instrument. Their video was a huge success on-line but “Cups” became even more famous when it was performed by Anna Kendrick in the 2012 movie “Pitch Perfect.”
As you’ll see (and hear) in the video posted below, Larissa has an absolutely amazing voice. It took scarcely more than ten seconds for the first judge to hit his buzzer and before long, all three chairs had swiveled around. Offstage, Larissa’s family was ecstatic to the point of jumping up and down.
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