The Voice’s Joshua Vacanti appears on Ellen and he’s a super-fan!
The Voice eliminated Joshua Vacanti last week just short of the finals. But the Broadway belter received quite the consolation prize when Ellen DeGeneres invited him to appear on her afternoon talk show.
“What a way to leave The Voice and to come right on to the Ellen show,” Joshua gushed. “I am obsessed with you. You are so beautiful, right now, I can’t even look at you!”
Joshua continued, “I grew up watching your show. I remember in college, you would be my “me” time…I’d have your show DVR’d. I’d skip school in high school so I could see you on the Halloween episodes. That was my favorite thing. The Voice has been a dream. This is such a dream. Thank you so much for having me on the show.”
“John is such an incredible person. I think he is the coolest human to walk this earth”
Joshua also praised his coach, John Legend, who blocked Ariana Grande, preventing Joshua from choosing her team. “John is such an incredible person. I think he is the coolest human to walk this earth, and I am the exact opposite! Working with him, I was a little nervous. I didn’t know what it would be like. But he’s so kind and he’s so humble. He’s one of the nicest people I’ve ever met.” Joshua continued, “He always created such a safe place for me to grow on the show. I love him to pieces.”
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The singer also shared how growing up in Western New York state, kids bullied him a lot. “I never fit in. I felt very isolated. And music was a place where I felt like myself. I could be myself fully and I found value in that. It wasn’t until later in life that I realized I should feel value all the time and really started to embrace who I was.”
After being bullied in high school, Joshua encourages kids to follow their dreams
Before The Voice, Joshua has had the opportunity to spread the message of self-acceptance. “I was a prevention educator for a not-for-profit and I would go into schools and talk to kids about positive life skills like being a good role model and reaching your dreams and just believing in yourself and having good self esteem,” Joshua explained. “In a way, I got to be the person that I wish I had…growing up.”
After his sit-down with Ellen, Joshua sang “Falling” by Harry Styles, the song he chose to perform for his Knockout performance. Watch the clip below.
The Voice 21 finale airs tonight (12/14) on NBC at 9 pm.
Joshua Vacanti sings Harry Styles’ “Falling” on Ellen