Since June, we’ve been following the fortunes of Equinox singer Johnny Manuel as he competed on The Voice Australia. Now the series came to its conclusion with the Grand Finale. Sadly Johnny didn’t win the series, but he put everything into his final performance.
Johnny — coached by Guy Sebastian — was up against the three other finalists, each selected by their coach. The other finalists were Stellar Perry (coached by Delta Goodrem), bookies favouriteSiala Robson (Boy George) and Guy Sebastian’s younger brother Chris Sebastian (Kelly Rowland).
For his Grand Finale performance, Johnny stuck with what he does best. He performed Céline Dion’s epic ballad “My Heart Will Go On”. The song let Johnny show off both the power of his voice but also convey the emotion of the song.
While the winner of the show was selected by live public vote, the show itself was pre-recorded due to Covid-19 restrictions. The Voice Australia took a cue from RuPaul’s Drag Race and had filmed four possible endings, with each of the four finalists having their moment of glory.
In the end, the contest was won by Chris Sebastian, the younger brother of Guy Sebastian. Chris hadn’t been the big favourite to win the semi-final, but his dramatic performance of Linkin Park’s “Numb” had impressed viewers. Chris had previously competed on season one of The Voice in 2012, before being eliminated in the live shows. He follows in Guy’s footsteps after his older brother won Australian Idol back in 2003.
Johnny Manuel’s new single “Say It”
All four finalists had winners’ single ready to be released but — unlike in previous years — they were all able to release the songs.
Johnny’s debut Australian single is the uplifting anthem “Say It”. The song is about expressing yourself in matters of love. He observes that “only silence is what’s keeping us apart” and urges his love interest to speak out, with the key chorus lyric being “We could lose it all today if we never learn to say”.
The song has been released as part of an EP along with his other performances from The Voice.
Johnny Manuel previously competed on the 2017 series of America’s Got Talent. There he made it to the semi-finals before being eliminated. In 2018, he became part of the Bulgarian-American group Equinox, who represented Bulgaria at Eurovision. Their entry “Bones” placed 14th in the grand final.
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