• Emma Garrie

Eurovision entrant on The Voice Australia



Eagle eyed viewers of 'The Voice Australia' may have noticed a familiar face from Eurovision past competing in the blind auditions of last night’s episode.


Johnny Manuel, one of the American members of Bulgarian band Equinox, performed 'Home' by Diana Ross, scoring a four chair turn from judges Guy Sebastian, Delta Goodrem, Boy George and Kelly Rowland.


Equinox competed at Eurovision 2018 in Lisbon, finishing the competition in 14th place. The group were signed to Universal Music and planned to continue on with their music after the show but have not released any singles since their competition entry ‘Bones’.


32-year-old Johnny grew up in Flint, Michigan and scored a recording contract at the age of 13, before being dropped by his record label several years later.


In 2017 he appeared on America’s Got Talent, making it all the way to the semi-finals where videos of several of his performances went viral.


Now living with his Australian partner in Terrigal on the Central Coast of New South Wales, Johnny decided to send in an audition tape for the Australian version of 'The Voice'.


In his pre-show interview, whilst he admits he hasn’t quite mastered the Australian accent, he much prefers the Australian weather to the cold back home.


There was drama after Johnny’s performance when coach Boy George used the new ‘block’ feature to stop him selecting Kelly Rowland as his coach.


Kelly was not happy and spent several minutes trying to work out which coach had blocked her whilst a bemused Johnny was left waiting on the stage to select his coach.


Ironically, once the drama had died down, he selected Australia’s Eurovision 2015 entrant Guy Sebastian to be his coach on the show.


You can see Johnny’s blind audition on The Voice Australia here -


Follow him on Twitter @JohnnyManuel or Instagram @johnnymanuel

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