The Voice: Jessica Mauboy's niece Saraya is dropped by coach Rita Ora

  • 25-August-2021

The blind auditions are authoritatively finished, which means we're onto a new segment on The Voice that has never been finished: 'The Cut'. This year on The Voice, the coaches were given unlimited chair turns during the blind auditions, however it implied that they would need to later cut their team down to just 5 individuals. First up came Team Rita, who had a HUGE team of 14 members, (including girl group, G-Nation with 6 members). Placing them into their own little subcategories of pop stars, original makers, dancers and members who are as yet 'discovering', Rita needed to settle on the unquestionably hard decision. At the end, Rita needed to choose, Sian and Jess Mauboy's niece Saraya … and the two 'original’s’' Tanya and Isiah. In a shock decision, Rita wound up picking Sian and Tanya to go through to the knockouts, which means Jess' niece was returning home before everything even started. The 17-year-old Darwin native was at first apprehensive to at last let her aunt Jess hear her sing. “Watching her become who she is was amazing,” Saraya told the camera before her blind audition, “But growing up she was just ‘Aunty Jess’.” “I don’t really sing in front of her, I just sing in my room. I’m not very out there as I would like to be.” “I usually tell my Aunty everything but Aunty Jess has no idea I’m auditioning today. There’s a big chance she won’t recognise my voice at all,” Saraya added. Saraya turned Rita, Jess and Guy's seats very quickly when she sang Stay by Rihanna ft. Mikky Ekko. While everybody anticipated that Saraya should pick her aunt, she ended up going with Rita. In full support of her decision, Jess gave Saraya her approval. “It is a really great decision what you’re doing,” Jess told her. “You see Aunty Jess take this long journey and experience and you’ve heard Aunty Jess so many times, you’ve seen every performance. Now you need to come out of that circle and see something different.”

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