Two years ago, he represented Bulgaria as part of Equinox at Eurovision in Lisbon. Now the American singer Johnny Manuel is trying his luck down under, auditioning on The Voice Australia. And his performance attracted the attention of another Eurovision star, Australia’s Guy Sebastian.
While Johnny Manuel is originally from Michigan in the United States, he’s now enjoying life Down Under with his Australian partner. And he’s making the most of the experience, auditioning for The Voice Australia.
Johnny’s song of choice was the Diana Ross ballad “Home” from the musical The Wiz. The emotional song let Johnny show off the full extent of his vocal talents, impressing both the four coaches and the live audience.
All four judges — Guy Sebastian, Boy George, Delta Goodrem and Kelly Rowland — turned their chairs. But in the end, Johnny chose Guy as the judge to mentor him.
While both Guy and Johnny both have Eurovision experience, they both share similar vocal styles and know how to deliver a knock-out R&B performance.
In a backstage clip, Johnny also shared a few pieces of information about himself. He talked about enjoying the warm Aussie weather — compared to the freezing cold of Michigan — and said Australia really feels like a second home. Just don’t ask him to say “gidday, mate”.
Guy Sebastian has already been supporting his act. On Twitter, after a fan boldly declared Johnny to be the winner, Guy replied with an enthusiastic “How good is he?!?!”
How good is he?!?!
— Guy Sebastian (@GuySebastian) June 7, 2020
Johnny Manuel’s got talent
Johnny is no stranger to talent shows. In 2017, he competed on America’s Got Talent. While he received the Golden Buzzer from the judges and wowed the audience, he ended up being eliminated in the semi-finals.
In 2018, Johnny was part of the group Equinox, who represented Bulgaria at Eurovision with “Bones”. Despite the immense hype surrounding the song, Bulgaria only finished 14th in the grand final.
Johnny was first signed to a record contact as a teeenager but was eventually dropped. After his AGT experience, he released a few singles. And while his Equinox were said to be working on new material, this has not yet eventuated. Will Australia’s Got Talent be the break he’s looking for?
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