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Fruitport man makes the cut

Krystle Wagner • Jul 21, 2015 at 1:16 PM

The Fruitport native said he rehearsed Michael Bublé’s “It’s a Beautiful Day” so many times that he lost count, but he wanted to sing it as though he wrote it.

Cerniglia’s work preparing for his blind audition on the NBC-TV reality singing show paid off as his voice captured the attention of celebrity coaches Blake Shelton and CeeLo Green.

Cerniglia, whose audition aired Tuesday night, said it was a surreal experience.

“I could have just come out of my skin,” he said.

As he pondered which team he wanted to join, Cerniglia said he took into consideration what Shelton and Green said about his style. Ultimately, Cerniglia said he followed his heart and joined Team Shelton because “something deep down felt right.”

The 2006 Fruitport High School graduate will now advance to a "battle round," in which he will be pitted against a team member to sing the same song together in front of a studio audience. The coach will choose which singers advance to a "knockout round." Coaches have the ability to steal singers who aren’t selected to move onto the knockout round.

“The Voice” airs at 8 p.m. Mondays and Tuesdays locally on WOOD-TV in Grand Rapids.

Cerniglia said that the past year has been rough for his family as two of his sisters have been in and out of the hospital with cystic fibrosis and Batten’s disease.

“I felt like I did something for my family that we all needed so desperately,” he said. “It made me proud to be a Cerniglia.”

Angie Parks, Cerniglia’s fiancée, attended the television show audition, but wasn’t allowed to comment on the experience until it aired. She said the past few months proved to be difficult as they had to keep the secret from their friends and families.

To read more of this story, see today’s print or e-edition of the Grand Haven Tribune.

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