Tupelo teen to audition for ‘The Voice’

By Sheena Barnett/NEMS Daily Journal

TUPELO – Bianca Glenn is auditioning for NBC’s “The Voice” this weekend, but how she scored an invitation to the audition is a bit of a mystery.
Singers can audition for the hit NBC singing competition by attending open call auditions this month and next, or by submitting a video of them singing.
If producers like their video, they can receive a special invitation to audition.
Glenn, 19, received an invitation – but she didn’t submit the video. In fact, she has no idea who submitted her video to the show.
“It’s kind of weird,” she said. “My mom got an email from ‘The Voice’ saying I had an invitation to an open call, and that’s basically how that happened. I guess it was a blessing from God.”
Glenn, a sophomore nursing student at Northeast Mississippi Community College, has been singing since she was a child. She’s a graduate of Tupelo High School, where she was a member of SoundWave.
She tried out for “American Idol” in 2010 and made it through the first round. Her audition for “The Voice” will be her second time trying out for a major TV singing competition.
She’ll audition for “The Voice” on Saturday in Atlanta.
“The Voice” begins its fourth season March 25.
On the show, singers have blind auditions in front of artists Shakira, Usher, Blake Shelton and Adam Levine, who pick who they want to mentor based on their voice alone.
After the contestants are chosen, their mentors coach them, and the contestants battle it out to be named the best.
Glenn hasn’t even thought about whose team she’d like to be on. It’s up to the mentors who they choose, but even so, Glenn doesn’t have a favorite.
“I haven’t really chosen a particular one. If any of them turn their chair around and want me to be on their team, that would just be an honor,” she said.
Glenn will audition for the show with Whitney Houston’s “I Believe in You and Me.” If they ask to hear a second song, she’ll sing Monica’s “For You I Will.”
Glenn is ready for the audition, she said.
“I’ve had plenty of opportunities to go into the music industry, but I feel like this is gonna be it for me,” she said. “I just have the faith. I really think this is it.”
sheena.barnett@journalinc.com