There are some singers who enter a competition confidently just knowing that they are going to win it. From the moment they arrive on stage, you sense an aura of, “I got this.”
Lacey Madison did not have that confidence when she walked on the stage of The Voice Australia for her blind audition in 2018.
The entire room was eerily quiet. If a coin was dropped, you’d hear it. The only sound present was Madison’s heels as she walked the lonely path to center stage. She looked as if it were up to her, she’d continue walking right out the door.
The sound of her sister’s breathing could also be heard to reiterate how nerve-racking the moment was, in case you hadn’t picked it up.
“She can do it. Deep breaths,” her sister says backstage.
Madison arrives on stage.
“I think I need deep breaths as well,” she joked.
Madison begins to sing, “Wicked Game” by Chris Isaak in a shaky voice.
There is a brief pause after the first line. Before she starts again, she seems to have gathered herself. The following lyrics strike a completely different tone.
Full, strong, confident.
Immediately, Boy George presses his button, turning his chair around. Madison smiles modestly and continues.
Suddenly, Kelly Rowland does too.
Seeing that two judges have pressed their buttons, Madison’s mom and sister begin to scream and jump for joy backstage.
Madison finds her stride and begins to sway rhythmically to the song, smiling. She has the judges in a trance. Joe Jonas and Delta Goodrem remain with their chairs turned, thinking.
Jonas can’t seem to make up his mind. Perking up at certain notes one moment and placing his head back down to listen intensely at others.
But Goodrem gives in, striking her button.
When Madison finishes, she covers her mouth and turns to hide her excitement. She may look and sound like a full-grown woman but she is only 17 years-old. It is in this moment, we see her age, a giddy and overwhelmed teenager.
“I am kicking myself. I am kicking myself that I didn’t hit my buzzer,” Jonas confesses.
When the judges inquire more about the talented singer, she reveals that she’s much more than a singer.
“I have my own business. I’m a fashion designer but I also work in the marketing industry.”
Of course, this blows the judges away.
When it’s time for the judges to plead their cases, Madison says she always told herself that she would choose the first judge who turned around for her.
“That was me then,” Boy George responds.
Madison continues, “But then Delta turned around and I was like (sharp inhale).”
As Madison starts the exciting yet dreadful process of having to pick a coach, she asks for the audience’s help.
Madison begins to curl up into herself again as each judge throws why she should pick them.
Rowland begs for Madison to choose her while Boy George is pressing that he would challenge her as an artist.
As the moment hangs, Madison looks from one judge to the other, no longer certain.
Finally, she says:
“I’m gonna go with Kelly.”
Rowland, thrilled, jumps out of her seat. Goodrem takes Rowland’s hand and reassures Madison that they are a team.
“I am right next to you here. This is what sisterhood— we’re all together.”
Rowland nods in agreement.
After sharing some hugs, Rowland insists on meeting her mom and sister who wait anxiously backstage.
When they arrive, Maidson’s younger sister begins clapping and screaming in excitement. Rowland hugs her. She beams up at the singer and after hugging her says:
“Wow. I like your hair.”
“Thank you,” Rowland responds.
Things were already off to an exciting start!
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