Advocate staff report
November 14, 2012
Lafayette teen MacKenzie Bourg has landed a spot in the top 20 on NBC’s singing competition show “The Voice.”
Singer-songwriter-guitarist Bourg, 19, advanced during the show’s knock-out rounds last week, performing his rendition of Carly Rae Jepsen’s top 10 hit, “Call Me Maybe.” In the round, he competed alongside Daniel Rosa, who sang Taylor’s Swift’s “Back to December.”
Both were from team Cee Lo, and coach/entertainer Cee Lo Green said prior to the performances, “Daniel and MacKenzie are both emotional performers, and the person who best connects to the audience and myself will win this knock-out round.”
Green has described Bourg, an indie artist “who can sing just about anything.”
“I’m just going to get up there and play the song the way I want to play it, and hopefully, people will like it just as much as they did the original,” Bourg said before his performance.
Bourg’s take on the mega-hit “Call Me Maybe” slowed down its tempo, giving it a John Mayer-esque quality.
“MacKenzie, you owned it!,” coach and recording artist Christina Aguilera said, before Green chose Bourg to advance to the live shows starting this week. The top 20 will be pared to 12, via America’s vote, by Thursday night’s show.
Other coaches are pop artist Adam Levine and country star Blake Shelton.
“It’s still mind blowing to think that next week I will be performing on the LIVE SHOWS of The Voice. I need each and everyone to VOTE :),” Bourg posted on Facebook Saturday.
“The Voice” will air at 7 p.m. Monday, Wednesday and Thursday (cable Channel 3), when the top 12 will be announced.
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