Angela Rodriguez, the teen from Seminole who made it to the final episodes of La Voz Kids, was voted off the show Sunday.
Her coach, Prince Royce, made the decision after the audience saves were announced.
Her journey started in December when Angela got a Facebook message from a friend in California urging her to audition for the nationally televised singing competition geared toward the Spanish-speaking community. Angela, who has been an aspiring singer since she was 8, jumped at the opportunity.
The audition came in three rounds: First, she piped the Christina Aguilera version of Something's Got a Hold On Me a cappella. Then she sang in front of the show's producers. They asked Angela who inspires her. She said Etta James, the late Grammy-winning singer whose styles included rhythm and blues, jazz and gospel. They asked her to sing the James standard At Last. She didn't know all the words.
"I was like 'oh my goodness, these people are trying to make a fool of me,' " recalled Angela, 14, an incoming freshman at the Pinellas County Center for the Arts at Gibbs High School. But she got through it, she said.
Finally, she entered a room with cameras where an interview was filmed. Angela opened up about her mother's three heart attacks and a cardiac arrest that almost killed her. Angela attributes her strength to her mother's fight against heart disease.
Nearly a month later, she and her mom got the phone call as they were sitting at a bank. Angela was going to be cast on the show.
"We went home and started yelling across the house like, 'Yay, yay, yay!' " Angela said.
Of the 18 final contestants, only 12 participants remain. Six will be eliminated on this Sunday's show at 8 p.m. on Telemundo.