“There was not one flaw. The innocence, the strength, the beauty … you had it all – it was just unbelievable!”
All four judges turned for Elsa Marilyn on Monday night, leaving the Mosman High student with a difficult decision. Image: The Voice Australia/Seven Network.
The softly spoken teen, who revealed she was “mentally prepared” for disappointment, said her stomach dropped when artists Jessica Mauboy and Jason Derulo were next to turn, closely followed by Australian chart-topper Guy Sebastian.
“When all of the coaches turned, I was in total shock; I could not believe they were looking at me and listening to me,” Elsa said.
“My Mum, my dad, my step-dad and my best friend were all watching with tears in their eyes, and my brother was in the audience with his girlfriend,” Elsa said, “To be honest everyone was in complete shock after I made it to the next round.”
Elsa Marilyn is in year 12 at Mosman High and currently studying for her HSC.
After receiving offers from all four judges, Elsa said the hardest decision of her life was choosing which team to join.
“It was so hard to decide, but it came down to the fact that Rita is a great song writer with strong jazz roots, and I feel we connected on that level,” she said.
“I really felt that Rita saw me for who I am.”
Elsa, who has just finished her HSC trials ahead of the October exams, has attended Mosman High since Year 7 and credits the school’s Arts and Drama department for helping develop her skills.
“Mosman High has produced so many famous musicians, singers and actors,” she said, “it’s a very artsy school, and the teachers are very driven to see their students succeed.”
“We are always encouraged to perform on stage, and the school community supports me.”
Elsa said she is “nervous but excited” about her progression to the callback stage of the competition. Image: Seven Network.
Along with singing, Elsa plays piano and guitar and studies Maths Advanced, English Advanced, and Music Extension. She also juggles a casual job as an After School Carer at a lower north shore primary campus.
“The little kids I look after have been so excited by my TV audition, and they are hoping to get tickets to see The Voice if I progress further in the series.”
With the blind auditions now complete, the hit Channel Seven reality show airs the “callback” stage next week, before “Battle Rounds” commence and eliminations begin.
Elsa was supported by her family – who were backstage – on Monday night.
Elsa said she is “nervous but excited” about advancing in the competition – but is ready with a backup plan if her dream of winning doesn’t come to fruition.
“I’m thrilled to have made it this far,” she said, “and I feel like I can just enjoy the ride now that the audition is done.”
“But whatever happens, I will always be singing – I’m not giving up any time soon!”