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Moriah Formica on surprising 'The Voice' choice to join Miley Cyrus' team: I felt in my heart she could help me

By Elizabeth Kwiatkowski, 10/09/2017 

Moriah Formica, a 16-year-old from Latham, NY, is currently a contestant on The Voice's thirteenth season.

Moriah, who once opened for Michael Sweet and his band called Striper, sang "Crazy On You" for her Blind Audition, and all four coaches -- Adam Levine, Blake Shelton, Jennifer Hudson, and Miley Cyrus -- turned their chairs around for her.

While each coach made a convincing argument, Moriah revealed to reporters during a conference call after her audition aired on NBC that her decision was "definitely between" Adam and Miley, as it may have appeared to viewers.

Adam called Moriah "a pint-sized powerhouse," while Miley appealed to Moriah's youth, saying she could offer some big-sister advice and keep her head on her shoulders during this process of finding fame and making a name for herself.

But Adam also called Moriah "an old soul" and said she has a good knowledge of rock-and-roll music and is the "next great female rock and roll singer."

"Adam is... right up my alley, like rock music. He's more, like, the rock guy," Moriah acknowledged.

But just as it seemed like Moriah was going to choose Adam -- whom she had admitted prior to her audition was her first choice -- Miley compared the singer to "a young Beth Hart" and said that, as her coach, she'd pick songs she really likes, create arrangements that are best for her voice, and take people back to the past even though she's the future.

With that closing remark, Moriah joined Miley's team.

"Miley was saying how she could, you know, have that big sisterly advice and she got her start when she was way younger than I am, and being 16, that would be really helpful, I think. And she has a very diverse, large audience," Moriah explained.

"So I guess what I was thinking too, in that moment, was like, 'Maybe this would be good. Maybe she could help me be a little bit of a crossover since rock isn't totally mainstream right now.' So I suppose I just felt the biggest connection with her."

Moriah revealed she simply followed her gut when choosing to become a "Team Miley" member.

"Ultimately, I just felt this huge thing in my heart just, you know, my heart was saying like, 'Just pick Miley, pick Miley,' and so I did," she admitted.

Miley's promise to choose great songs and arrangements for Moriah on The Voice was certainly "a deciding factor" though, according to Moriah.

"But obviously, like, I do feel it is a benefit, I guess because I can do my best on songs that I'm comfortable with," the artist noted.

Moriah will be moving on to The Voice's infamous "The Battle Round" once auditions wrap.

To read more interviews with contestants who survived their Blind Auditions, click here for Reality TV World's The Voice 13 show page.

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