Jul 29, 2014

Drake Grad's Got 'The Voice'

Lily Elise makes the cut on NBC's singing show after a second chance.

Drake Grad's Got 'The Voice' Drake Grad's Got 'The Voice'

Drake 2009 graduate Lily Elise Housh, 20, of San Anselmo, made it through the first round of auditions on NBC's The Voice tonight, Tuesday, in an exciting turn of events.

The new singing competition show requires that each coach pick eight finalists for their "team," but as the blind auditions came to an end Tuesday night, four spots on those teams remained unfilled.

This meant that singers who had previously been turned down, including Housh, got a second chance to come out and wow the coaches. 

Christina Aguilera ended up picking Housh, who goes by Lily Elise, after her performance of If I Ain't Got You. On camera, her family cheered for her backstage and hugged each other while Aguilera jumped up and down with Lily Elise on stage.

Watch the video of her performance here.

Housh will now compete on Aguilera's team with seven other singers as they go through the battle phase, where Aguilera will pit her singers against one another. In the end, the finalists will compete against the other coaches' teams for a $100,000 and a record deal with Universal Republic.

Housh, who now attends USC Thornton School of Music, was part of the teen a cappella group 'Til Dawn while at Drake. She was also captain of the cheerleading squad at Drake and involved as a music coach and choreographer for YES! Foundation shows.

A packed crowd of friends and family watched the airing of The Voice auditions Tuesday night while Housh twittered her reactions and thoughts

"Blind Audition day was easily the most emotional roller coaster of a day that I've had  #thevoice," she wrote.

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