KINGSTON TWP. — Alecia Williams has hit all the right notes to score an audition with producers of The Voice Saturday.
But she was not the only one there.
Over 50,000 contestants converged on the Convention Center in Philadelphia Feb. 20; each one was reaching for one of 15 available spots on the popular NBC series.
This is the second time the Kingston Township resident auditioned for the musical competition.
“I auditioned two years ago,” Williams, 27, said. “I also auditioned for America’s Got Talent a few years ago. I was told I have a very strong voice, but they only had so many people they could let in.”
Saturday’s experience was like none other for the single-mother. She arrived in Philadelphia at a 9:45 a.m. She waited in a line of competitors that wrapped around the Convention Center.
“We (the contestants) waited in line shoulder to shoulder,” she said.
At 2 p.m., she met with one of the producers and was brought inside, where she waited again, in another line. Her finance, family and friends had to remain outside, she said.
“My heart sunk when I saw the sign that said family and friends had to wait outside,” Williams said. “Contestants under 18 were allowed to bring one adult with them.”
At 5:30 p.m. Williams along with many other people were ushered into another room with chairs.
“It was the first time we had an opportunity to sit down,” she said.
At this point, energy in the room was intense, Williams said.
“People in the room were practicing and singing a song’s entire chorus,” she said.
Williams warmed up as well, practicing “Girl Crush,” by Little Big Town. She also made friends with fellow competitors.
After her audition, she was told again, good voice but she missed the cut.
“That was the hardest part to be told no,” she said. “But you have to be told ‘no’ so many times before you get a yes.”
Williams already has plans to audition again when The Voice holds tryouts in July.
“They will only accept four contestants,” Williams said.
Williams’ finance, Cota Bigelow, waited at the door of the Convention Center for her to come out, she said.
“He is very supportive,” she said.
Williams’ 6-year-old son, Eric Williams, stayed home with family for the day. When she shared the news with him, she said, “He said, ‘Those people are dumb.’”
Williams, a school bus driver for the Dallas School District, has sung for nearly 20 years.
She began singing as a child with her father’s band The Premieres, from Harveys Lake. She also sang with Lake-Lehman School District’s chorus and West Side Vo-Tech’s chorus in high school.Williams sang with the choir at Back Mountain Harvest Assembly.
Previously, she sang with a band called Twisted Fatality, who used to play at Hogan’s Heroes & Pizza in Dallas.