Sydney Rhame goes to “The Voice”

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Producers of singing competition “The Voice” have asked senior Sydney Rhame to audition since she was 14 years old. This June, she passed the first broadcasted auditions: the blind auditions.

Sydney underwent a lengthy process to qualify for the Blind auditions.

“You have to through a series of auditions that happen over about four months,” she said, “and then if you get through all of them, you’re still not guaranteed a blind [audition.]”

Singers go through several preliminary rounds of auditions, background checks, psychological testing and work with “The Voice’s” band and vocal coaches to see how compatible they are with them.

According to Sydney, the show gathered 40,000 singers, but only 96 were able to audition, and only 48 could make it to the blind auditions.

“When I was told I made it to the blinds, there was still a possibility that I wouldn’t actually be able to audition, so I was cautiously optimistic,” she said. “Then when they called my name the day I was supposed to audition… that’s when I was excited.”

Although producers of "The Voice" choose songs for the show's contenders, "Photograph" by Ed Sheeran was a good match for her. "The producers knew she loved Ed Sheeran's music and thought she could handle the wide vocal range of the song," her mother Julie said.
Although producers of “The Voice” choose songs for the show’s contenders, “Photograph” by Ed Sheeran was a good match for her. “The producers knew she loved Ed Sheeran’s music and thought she could handle the wide vocal range of the song,” her mother Julie said.

Sydney was assigned the song “Photograph” by Ed Sheeran for her blind audition. Although she was a fan of Sheeran, she never attempted to sing the song before.

“She really had to buckle down, practice, and make it her own,” Julie Rhame, Sydney’s mom, said.

Luckily, the song was a good match for her.

“‘Photograph’” was relatable for me at the time because it’s about missing your special someone after being apart from them for a while,” she said. “I’d been apart from my boyfriend the whole summer, so essentially just thinking about him while I sang got me a chair.”

Although she and her family didn’t know it at the time, there was only one possible spot left on the coaches’ teams.

“We realized that Pharrell was the only judge left once Sydney started to sing and they only showed his chair,” Rhett Rhame, Sydney’s dad, said. “We had no idea it was down to [one spot].”

Although Sydney is now officially off “The Voice” since Oct. 13’s battle rounds, her mother feels that her daughter’s future is just starting.

“I’m hoping this experience and exposure from the show will help open doors and opportunities for her to expand her music career,” Julie said.