Parijita Bastola is only 17 years old and the first Nepalese artist on The Voice. Her emotional and vibrant performance of Labrinth’s “Jealous” gets all four coaches to hit their buttons.
The Severna Park, Maryland singer grew up watching The Voice with her family, who closed their restaurant on Monday nights so they could watch the show together.
“That was probably my favorite song that anybody has sung so far,” says coach Camila Cabello after the performance. “And the way you did it was masterful. I’ve had goosebumps in my whole body.”
Gwen Stefani calls the singer “natural and unique,” and that she’s “so in touch” with her heart. “It’s incredible,” she says. “I know it would be really fun to work together, and I have a lot to offer.”
The young singer’s mom, dad and aunt were backstage cheering her on. Parajita explains that she’d like to to incorporate her Nepalese heritage into her singing and music. But her favorite genre is R&B and soul. “The best artists are able to bring the music of their culture and their roots into the wider global landscape of music,” says John Legend, who reminds everyone that he turned his chair first. “I think your voice is that kind of transcendent voice.”
Blake Shelton admits “I know good and well that I’m in over my head here,” adding, “But it doesn’t mean that I’m also not as big a big fan of yours as everyone else here.” He teases that there is nobody else like her on his team. He jokes, “I have also been on a singing competition show,” which cracks Camila up. “Have you been in a girl group too?”
Before Parijita chooses her team, she gifts each coach with a string of rudraksha beads from Nepal. As she makes her decision, her family shouts out to choose John. Editing that into the clip means she probably does NOT choose him? Will John lose another artist to Camila? Tune in tonight (Sept 27) at 8 pm ET/PT on NBC for The Voice Blind auditions 4 to find out.
Watch Parijita perform Labrinth’s “Jealous” below.