Drake Grad's Got 'The Voice'

Lily Elise makes the cut on NBC's singing show after a second chance.

Drake 2009 graduate Lily Elise Housh, 20, of San Anselmo, made it through the first round of auditions on NBC's The Voice tonight, Tuesday, in an exciting turn of events.

The new singing competition show requires that each coach pick eight finalists for their "team," but as the blind auditions came to an end Tuesday night, four spots on those teams remained unfilled.

This meant that singers who had previously been turned down, including Housh, got a second chance to come out and wow the coaches. 

Christina Aguilera ended up picking Housh, who goes by Lily Elise, after her performance of If I Ain't Got You. On camera, her family cheered for her backstage and hugged each other while Aguilera jumped up and down with Lily Elise on stage.

Watch the video of her performance here.

Housh will now compete on Aguilera's team with seven other singers as they go through the battle phase, where Aguilera will pit her singers against one another. In the end, the finalists will compete against the other coaches' teams for a $100,000 and a record deal with Universal Republic.

Housh, who now attends USC Thornton School of Music, was part of the teen a cappella group 'Til Dawn while at Drake. She was also captain of the cheerleading squad at Drake and involved as a music coach and choreographer for YES! Foundation shows.

A packed crowd of friends and family watched the airing of The Voice auditions Tuesday night while Housh twittered her reactions and thoughts

"Blind Audition day was easily the most emotional roller coaster of a day that I've had #thevoice," she wrote.

Gina May 04, 2011 at 11:41 PM
YAY Lily!!!!!! Drake Cheer Team is very PROUD of you, along with everyone else!
MIJI May 05, 2011 at 06:39 PM
Congrats Lilly. I saw your performance and was happy you made it!
Connie Rodgers, President/CEO May 13, 2011 at 02:07 AM
You make San Anselmo PROUD. You are a very talented, beautiful young lady. Connie Rodgers President/CEO San Anselmo Chamber of Commerce
Mark Weiss June 08, 2011 at 05:31 AM
I'd like to see her play with fellow North Bay youngster (former prodigy) Julian Lage or fellow USC product Taylor Eigsti.


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