Alisan Porter may have gotten everyone watching ‘The Voice’ talking because she’s a former child star who starred in ‘Curly Sue,’ but after watching her full Blind Audition, it’s clear she has SO much more to offer than just that. She also has an incredible story…and an even better voice!
There were tons of great singers on the premiere episode of The Voice, but after two hours and ten performances, Alisan Porter, 34, is the only contestant who stood out to me — and it’s not just because she was in Curly Sue. Alisan’s story resonated even without the fact that she was a child star, and when she opened her mouth to sing, she completely blew me away.
The headlines about Alisan have focused on how she starred in Curly Sue and how different she looks from that little girl today, but when her full Blind Audition aired during the Feb. 29 episode, we instantly learned so much more about her. For instance…acting isn’t the only show biz in her past — she competed on Star Search when she was just five years old, so singing has obviously been a passion for her for as long as she can remember. I find it majorly impressive that Alisan never gave up on that dream, and is still pursuing it 30 years later.
But beyond that, Alisan also admitted to having a past with drugs and alcohol, which took her life on a major detour and halted her acting and singing career for quite some time. She’s eight years sober now, though, and has created an amazing life with her husband and two children. Alisan is the true image of what happens when you never give up, and her spirit is exactly what The Voice is always looking for. She’s clearly been through so much, but has persevered, and deserves recognition for that on this show.
Then, of course, there’s the obvious — Alisan’s voice is incredible. It’s not just a sob story and sympathy votes that will propel her in this competition, it’s the fact that she really can sing, and she deserves to go far for that. Obviously, it was only the first night, so we still have a ton of amazing singers to hear, but Alisan is definitely the clear frontrunner in my book so far. And here’s something interesting I’ll point out: Sawyer Fredericks and Jordan Smith were the last Blind Auditions on the first episode of The Voice in the last two seasons…and they both went on to win! Will history repeat itself with Alisan and her coach, Christina Aguilera?!
HollywoodLifers, do you think Alisan deserves to go far on The Voice?