Minneapolis singer wows coaches, advances on 'The Voice'

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Minneapolis native Holly Henry soared through the blind audition round on NBC's hit reality competition "The Voice" Tuesday night, and in a rare instance, all four coaches on the show vied for her talents, the Pioneer Press reports.

Henry, 19, didn't even get through the first line of her performance of Coldplay's "The Scientist" before Blake Shelton hit the button to turn his chair around. Less than a minute in, Adam Levine turned his chair around, followed almost immediately by Cee Lo Green. Christina Aguilera joined the group at about the 1:30 mark just before Henry completed her song.

The response by the coaches left family members in tears backstage.

"Listen, because of you, I'm officially excited about Season 5 of the Voice," Shelton said.

Henry, whose real name is Holly Heinrich, ended up going with Shelton as her coach, but not before eloquent pleas from Levine, Green and Aguilera.

"A lot of voices stay small and don't ever show range and dynamic," said Levine in his pitch to get Henry on his team. "But when you hit those high notes, I thought, 'Oh my God,' this girl can sing."

A Hopkins High School graduate, Henry told Green that she mostly writes music, and doesn't perform "at all."

"You have a very wonderful voice -- a voice that deserves to be acknowledged by all four coaches up here -- you have something special," Green said. "I hope you do realize you have something truly beautifully unique."

In his pitch after Aguilera's, Shelton, among other things, pointed out how he's coached three of the show's four winners so far.

"I recognize star quality in your voice -- I almost broke my hand hittin' this button," Shelton said.

When Henry picked Shelton, the country star got up and said "I love you" before running up and giving the young singer a hug.

KARE 11, which airs the show in the Twin Cities, has a slideshow of the performance.

While Henry hasn't performed locally, The Current says the singer launched a Bandcamp page in July and has released three songs.

The Pioneer Press says at least one more singer-musician from the Twin Cities will be auditioning on "The Voice" this season. Ashley DuBose tweeted that she'll be auditioning in an upcoming episode of the show.

The Minnesotan who achieved the greatest success on "The Voice" is Nicholas David, who took third on the show in 2012.

See Henry's audition on "The Voice" below.

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