Teen steals attention with emotional story and audition on The Voice Australia

The “blind” audition continued for the second night of The Voice Australia’s opening week on Channels 7 and 7 plus.

Sunrise young student Michelle captured the hearts of audiences and coaches with her heartbreaking story of strength and toughness.

The 16-year-old girl, from New South Wales, talks about her troubled upbringing with her mother, who suffers from mental health issues.

Michelle's sunrise on The Voice Australia.
Camera IconMichelle’s sunrise on The Voice Australia. Credit: Channel Seven

“My mother is a lovely person and I love her very much. I haven’t seen him in a long time,” he explained.

“Her personality disorder and depression got a lot worse under the drugs and I had to try and be the mother of the family.

“I always try to get up, take my sister to school, we have to steal to get food (and) that’s what annoys me the most. . . I hate it.

Michelle revealed she later moved in with her grandparents, who have been a huge support to her and her sister, and accompanied her at auditions.

Michelle's family at sunrise watch her 'blind' audition on The Voice Australia.
Camera IconMichelle’s family at sunrise watch her ‘blind’ audition on The Voice Australia. Credit: Channel Seven

The starlet sang People Help the People, by Birdy, and impressed the coaches with her talent.

Coaches Rita Ora and Jessica Mauboy turned their chairs around while the audience applauded.

Rita Ora and Jessica Mauboy as Sunrise Michelle on The Voice Australia.
Camera IconRita Ora and Jessica Mauboy as Sunrise Michelle on The Voice Australia. Credit: Channel Seven

“You really suffocate me just watching you sing that,” Mauboy said.

Jessica Mauboy gets emotional after auditioning Sunrise Michelle on The Voice Australia.
Camera IconJessica Mauboy gets emotional after auditioning Sunrise Michelle on The Voice Australia. Credit: Channel Seven

Mauboy asks why Michelle chose the touching song, and she goes on to explain her story while getting emotional.

“I live with my beautiful grandparents. This song is about how they helped my little sister and I get out of the not-so-good life living with my mother, who was struggling with mental health,” Michelle replied.

Sunrise Michelle's emotional audition on The Voice Australia.
Camera IconSunrise Michelle’s emotional audition on The Voice Australia. Credit: Channel Seven

“(The song) was about them and everyone realizing we weren’t safe (and) lifting us out of there.”

“There are so many people out there, just like you and I just want you to know that you are very brave and you are very special,” Mauboy replied.

Jessica Mauboy and Sunrise Michelle on The Voice Australia.
Camera IconJessica Mauboy and Sunrise Michelle on The Voice Australia. Credit: Channel Seven

Pitch Mauboy touched Michelle’s heart as she chose the Australian singer to be her coach this season.

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