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Cagayan singer gets 3-chair turn during The Voice Norway blind audition

Updated: Feb 6, 2023

Cagayan, Philippines – After some failed attempts, the 25-year-old singer from Cagayan and Apayao is now living his dream as he achieved three-chair turn during his recent blind audition on the 8th Season of “The Voice Norway.”

Leonardo Amorsolo Jr., a native of Malama, Conner used to reside in Zone 7, Atulayan Norte, Tuguegarao City before he moved to Norway.

Also known as LJ, Amorsolo relayed through local media that his parents discovered he had a great passion for singing ever since he was four. He imitated singers he heard from the radio. At the age of 9 or 10, he started joining singing contests.

He had his first win at 11 and continued competing while studying. While in his senior year as an accountancy student in 2019, he auditioned and got qualified for the TV program, Idol Philippines. However, he received a message from his sister, asking him to prioritize his studies first. He was torn between pursuing his dreams and finishing his degree.

“Sobrang nag-isip ako… that time, sinabi ko baka iwan ko na lang yung career ko as a singer… baka nga yung singing, hindi talaga para sa akin kasi baka accountancy talaga yung para sa akin in the future,” he recounted.

He listened to his sister and stopped singing until he decided to join his sisters in Norway where he met his then-boyfriend and now husband who motivated him to pursue singing.

He tried his luck on “Karaoke Norway” but ended his campaign to win early. His loss did not stop him to try another contest. In January last year, he auditioned at World Championship of Performing Arts. Two weeks after, he received a call informing he was among the selected official contestants.

Early this year, he took a shot in The Voice Norway while he is earning a data science degree and working at the same time. After qualifying for the singing show’s blind audition, he performed last month with his own rendition of “Ave Maria” which others consider as “quite difficult to sing.”

His vocal technique made three out of four judge artists turn, signifying their interest in working with him. LJ eventually chose Ina Wroldsen as his coach.

As he prepares for the next round of the contest slated for next month, he thanked his supporters and asked that they keep up with him in his “exciting TVN journey.”

For his fellow youth, aspiring to be singers, he advised them to “keep dreaming, keep chasing their dreams and never stop” just as he did.


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