A 30-year-old Brentwood singer who plays the cello appeared Monday on the blind audition round of NBC’s singing competition reality show The Voice.
Clerida Eltme sang “Put Your Records On” by Cornine Bailey Rae, but judges Kelly Clarkson, Nick Jonas, John Legend, and Blake Shelton did not turn their chair around to select her to move on in the competition.
“I thought that was such a unique performance style,” Jonas told her. “Your voice is pretty phenomenal, I just don’t think it was enough for me to turn around today.”
In order to make sure a contestant is selected solely based on their singing ability, judges on The Voice face the opposite direction while the contestants sing. Judges who like what they hear and want to mentor the contestant throughout the competition hit a button to turn their chair around and ask them to join their team. If a judge doesn’t hit their button before the song ends, all judge chairs automatically turn around, and the contestant does not advance to future rounds.
Despite not selecting her, the judges gave Eltme loads of praise and advice.
“You have the tools, I know you do,” exclaimed Shelton. “Next time come out here and just give us that beautiful voice of yours for an entire performance.”
Eltme is a classically trained cellist who frequently performs classical, hip-hop, pop, and R&B music. She has previously performed at Madison Square Garden, the Museum of Modern Art, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, and The Barclays Center, and has played with award-winning artists such as Frank Ocean, J.Cole and Stevie Wonder. Currently, she is a music enrichment teacher for preschool centers in New York City.
Eltme took her experience on The Voice in stride, joking on her Facebook page, “no chair turn for me but i looked cute doe.”