Reno resident Whitney Myer described the moments before appearing on the NBC show “The Voice,” as the most nervous she’s ever been.
She waited 20 years to get an opportunity to strut her stuff in Hollywood. It took about 25 seconds to get her foot in the door.
Myer advanced to the next round of the reality show on Monday night after she impressed all four celebrity judges in her blind audition.
The standing-room only crowd of friends, fans and family at Great Basin Brewing Co. in Sparks stood and applauded Myer for her solid rendition of Alicia Key’s “No One.”
“It’s definitely surreal,” said Myer, who kept secret the results of the show because of NBC rules. “It’s so cool. I’m flabbergasted right now. Even though I know what happened, it’s so nice to see the community support me like this. It really means a lot to me.”
Myer was the first contestant to sing in the show’s final round of blind auditions.
Each of the four judges can choose 12 singers to be on their team. They can’t see the singer, so they make a decision to select the artist on voice alone.
Maroon 5 lead singer Adam Levine wasted no time, turning his chair around a half-minute into the performance.
In the span of 45 seconds, Cee Lo Green, Blake Shelton and Christina Aguilera all turned their chairs around in that order, a feat rarely done in the show’s second season.
Myer then had to choose a judge to be her coach.
Levine’s pitch had the most impact, Myer said, as he said “You could win this whole thing. I know you can. I promise to do anything in my power to help you do that.”
Levine was the winning coach in last year’s season.
“That was definitely the thing that meant the most to me,” said Myer, rocking light-red curly hair with black, ripped stockings and high heels. “I wasn’t sure who I was going to choose, but when he said that, if he believes in me that much, of course I chose him.”
Myer and the 47 other singers to move on now enter the battle round. The coaches will group their singers in two’s, and they will sing a duet.
The coach will choose the best of their final 12 to move on to the live-stage shows.
Myer couldn’t say when the battle round starts.