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Nepali Singer Parijita Bastola Wins Judges’ Hearts At The Voice America Audition

Seventeen-year-old Parijita Bastola has become the very first Nepali contestant to enter the popular singing show, The Voice America. She wowed the judges with a powerful singing voice that belied her age, leading to all four judges — John Legend, Gwen Stefani , Camila Cabello and Blake Shelton — turning their chairs around. 

The unique and powerful musical performance by Bastola has definitely earned her some global fans. The internet is already abuzz with conversations about her potential future at The Voice, with one publication calling her a frontrunner to season 22 of the competition. It’s a very likely chance that she might even win this season’s The Voice. Her performance of the Labyrinth’s Jealous was clearly masterful, with her unique and powerful voice giving it a soul and R&B twist to the song that clearly got to the judges’ hearts.

Once can clearly see that the performance both shocked and impressed the judges, and three of the four judges turned around just a few seconds into Bastola’s performance. She ultimately chose John Legend as her coach, after explaining that she is interested in exploring the soul and R&B styles more. 

But this was not before she left a souvenir of Nepal to all four judges in the form of rudraksha malas. Bastola apparently has a long history of with The Voice, and she confessed to the judges that her family would close their restaurant every Monday evening just so that they could watch the latest episode of The Voice together.

Her musical journey too is just as old, as she seems to have developed a strong musical experience already. Her YouTube channel is full of live performances by Bastola with her band, and she seems to prefer singing songs in the blues, soul, and R&B styles most. Here are some of the most interesting performances on her YouTube channel:

The song below, a highly technical one, was apparently performed by her when she was only 13 years old:

And finally, here is Bastola applying her musical style to a classic Nepali song:

It seems quite clear that The Voice Season 22 has received a strong contestant with Parijita Bastola. Her coach, John, was definitely interested in her background and commented, “The best artists are able to bring the music of their culture and of their roots into the wider global landscape of music,” Bastola later commented that she is definitely interested in integrating her own culture into her music. 

Given how she’s already representing the Nepali culture through her audition dress and her gift to the judges, we have no doubt that she will continue to do the same through her music. Let’s see what kind of performances she has up her sleeve for the later stages of the show! 

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