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2 local contestants on ‘The Voice’


Root, root, root for the home team on NBC’s The Voice!

Hallandale Beach resident Donna Allen’s velvety cover of You Are So Beautiful got her a ticket with Team Adam Levine.

“Adam was heavenly,” says Allen, of why she chose the Maroon 5 rocker, who was impressed by the 55-year-old’s Tina Turner-esque style. In fact, Allen says she is inspired by the Private Dancer legend.

“She never gave up, through all of her trials and tribulations,” says the professional singer who was born in Key West. “The biggest hit record she ever had was while she was in her late 50s, and I believe if she can do it, I can do it. She’s not a quitter, and I’m not a quitter either.”

Fellow South Floridian, Miami Beach resident Lina Gaudenzi, fared well on the reality competition with her rendition of Landslide.

“Damn girl! That was great,” beamed Blake Shelton, but the former teen model ended up choosing Christina Aguilera.

We got a chance to talk to Gaudenzi, 24, about the experience.

Where were you born?

In Samedan, a small town in the Swiss Alps. Like Heidi [laughs].

Where did you go to school?

All over the place, really. In Germany, Los Angeles, and most recently Miami, where I moved at the start of high school. I attended Miami Beach Senior High for one year and then transferred to New World School of the Arts, which is where I graduated from. I was part of the Musical Theater Program.

What is your current profession, beside singer?

I play gigs as often as I can, but when the season is slow I bartend, waitress, or hostess.

How did you decide to audition for “The Voice?”

I always loved the concept of the show, that they featured real artists and serious singers, without any gimmicks. My friends and family really encouraged me to audition. I did it without any expectations and feel so blessed to have come this far.

How nervous were you before performing?

The day of my audition was probably one of the scariest days of my life. But I knew that this is what I want to do, this is what I asked for. This career involves overcoming a lot of fears, and that’s also what makes it so exhilarating. The thrill of doing this type of thing is incomparable, really. I meditated a lot the day of and just tried to be in a calm place, so I could enjoy the moment. But you could tell I was a bit shaky.

What is it like to be on “The Voice” stage?

It’s a magical place; it’s where dreams can start becoming a reality. The energy in that room with the four incredible coaches [including Cee Lo Green] and the crowd is unbelievable, truly exhilarating.

What is Christina Aguilera like?

Very inspiring! She’s so beautiful and soft-spoken and has a very powerful presence about her. Also it’s very clear that she has a big heart and cares a lot about the contestants.

What is the first song you learned?

My first memories are from when I was incredibly young and my mom would be cooking and play the Gipsy Kings really loud in the house, and we would all dance around. I knew all the words to Djobi Djoba before any song, I think!

What is something fans may not know about you?

I speak fluent German. It was actually my first language along with English. My father is Swiss, which is why I was born there, and then I grew up in Berlin, for most of my life before moving to the States. My mom is half Uruguayan, half American but was born and raised in Los Angeles.

Who is your inspiration?

My mom, because she’s incredibly strong and isn’t afraid to be herself. That’s something she’s always taught me: the importance of being who you are. She really believes in me and has helped me believe in myself in moments when I’ve struggled with that.

Madeleine Marr

The Voice Battle Rounds begin next Monday at 8 p.m.

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