The Voice competitor with Flandreau roots was chosen to move on recently to the final 13 contestants in the show’s competition.
Jej Vinson joins a dozen other performers as the show’s season moves forward. His coach, singer Kelly Clarkson, chose him when each coach got to pick one of their team members to save from going home. Other contestants are chosen by votes sent in by people watching the show.
Clarkson said Jej impressed her from the beginning with his singing and when given homework on the show, he came back having improved.
Jej was 15 and a sophomore in 2011 when he immigrated from the Philippines to Flandreau. He worked at Riverview Manor and sang with other local Filipinos through Advent Cappelle. Now living in Los Angeles, his work on The Voice started in October, with blind auditions in November. He is not allowed to say how the show ends.
The 22-year-old Filipino singer got all four celebrities on The Voice to turn their chairs around in the initial audition. That first audition, called the blind audition, is when coaches Clarkson, Blake Shelton, Adam Levine and John Legend hit a button that turns their chairs to see the person singing. The contestants that turn chairs continue on the show.
The NBC show features singers who make it through several rounds of competition, whittling down the contestants throughout the season until the show’s winner is named.
He performed Monday evening and the results of that night's competition were revealed Tuesday, after our deadline.
Unfortunately, after Tuesday's result show, Jej Vinson did not garner enough votes to keep him on the show.