There's cool and then there's The Voice contestant Korin Bukowski. The 20-year-old quickly proved to the world exactly why this show is so important — it gives original artists the chance at a career in music that they may not have anywhere else. Bukowski is a self-proclaimed weirdo who never quite fit in — music was the only way she felt she could express herself without being judged. And she definitely was able to express herself on The Voice stage. The Florida native impressed the coaches with a funky rendition of "Cecilia and the Satellite" and secured a spot on Team Gwen. With Stefani as a coach, Bukowski is sure to let her weirdness shine in the best way possible.
Bukowski's performance proved why artists still need this show. Because contestants are being judged solely on their vocal performance, they're made to feel safe to express themselves exactly as they are. Even though some of the best artists are the weirdest — hello, Lady Gaga, Nicki Minaj and Katy Perry — it can be intimidating for an aspiring musician to fully let go. But on The Voice stage they're able to fully open up, which allows them to totally express themselves without the fear of being judged for anything other than their voice. This is especially important for the coolest of the uncool artists, like Bukowski, who don't quite fit the mold — though, let's be honest, we all want to be her best friend regardless of her love of bugs.
Though it's unfortunate that Bukowski only got one chair to turn, she'll fit perfectly on Team Gwen. Stefani has never been afraid to stand out. She'll be the perfect coach to turn Bukowski's weirdness into something she can be proud of — and to make her into an amazing artist in the process. With Gwen as her coach, Bukowski is guaranteed to stay in this game far beyond the knockouts. I, for one, can't wait to see where her weirdness takes her in this competition.
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