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VIDEO: 19-year-old Mount Pocono singer Mark Isaiah nails ‘The Voice’ audition to join Team Adam

VIDEO: 19-year-old Mount Pocono singer Mark Isaiah nails ‘The Voice’ audition to join Team Adam
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Season 12 of “The Voice” premiered on NBC on Monday, Feb. 27, and with it came the national debut of a young singer from Northeastern Pennsylvania.

19-year-old Mark Isaiah of Mount Pocono sang the Shawn Mendes hit “Mercy” in front of 13 million viewers, sounding a lot like him while standing out enough in the first round of blind auditions to immediately attract the attention of judges Adam Levine and Gwen Stefani.

The two playfully fought over Isaiah in hopes of adding him to their respective teams.

“I honestly can’t believe you’re not signed already. Your voice sounds so modern; it sounds like radio. I feel like because I have a little boy that listens to a lot of music, I recognize you from the music that I hear at my house. And wow, your parents must be so proud of you. Wow. Incredible,” Stefani told him.

“I’ve had the longest career out of [everyone here]. … If you come on my team, I will do everything I can to share what I’ve learned. I need you on my team, oh my God!”

“Your voice is so dope. You have a lot of emotion in you, and it really, really was amazing. I’m so glad that you’re on the show,” fellow judge Alicia Keys added.

“Mark, it’s so obvious that you belong in the current landscape of pop music. Every single person here probably felt like it was an award show or something like that,” Levine commented.

Ultimately, he chose Team Adam, securing his place in the competition and the chance to win $100,000 along with a record deal. The winner will be determined by viewers in the coming months among artists chosen by the four judges who also serve as vocal coaches.

“This is crazy,” Isaiah remarked. “I was struggling with being overweight, so I never really experienced performing out like this. But now that I’m here, this is so great. I cannot believe it.”

“This show is so incredible because just you saying that and being honest about it, you know how many little boys are going to be like, ‘I want to be like that guy. Look it, he’s on ‘The Voice’ right now talking to Gwen Stefani!” Stefani responded.

Needless to say, the up-and-coming vocalist has given NEPA a very good reason to tune into “The Voice” this season, and NEPA Scene will update with his progress on the show.