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.
“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.
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.
“You really suffocate me just watching you sing that,” Mauboy said.
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.
“(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.
Pitch Mauboy touched Michelle’s heart as she chose the Australian singer to be her coach this season.