Us Weekly reports that Ronaiah Tuiasosopo, the alleged mastermind behind the Manti Te’o girlfriend hoax, auditioned in front of Usher, Shakira, etc. on The Voice. And apparently, he told an elaborate sob story before he sang!
Nice one NBC. Now I kinda want to see his audition air when the show premieres.
Ronaiah sang “One Day” — but none of the coaches turned their chairs around.
From Us Weekly:
The world was shocked when it was revealed on Jan. 16 that Notre Dame linebacker Manti Te’o's inspirational story of overcoming the death of his grandmother and girlfriend on the same day last fall — leading the Fighting Irish to an undefeated season — was a hoax, allegedly conceived by someone named Ronaiah Tuiasosopo.
But this is not the first sad story Tuiasosopo has reportedly engineered. A source tells Us Weekly that the aspiring singer spun quite a tale for the producers of NBC’s The Voice, too — when he auditioned to be a contestant on the upcoming season.
“He had this insane sob story before [he sang],” an insider reveals to Us. “It would make for great TV.”
According to the source, Tuiasosopo told producers he and his cousins started a Christian band together and were on their way to perform at a youth conference in Nevada when they got into a “massive” car accident. He claimed a truck crashed into their vehicle, sending them flip-flopping all over the freeway. He also said doctors thought one of them might have been brain-dead, but miraculously, everyone was fine.