WILTON – Darby Sabin isn’t about to give up.
The Mt. Blue High School student flew to Chicago with her dad, Paul Sabin last weekend to audition for a chance to appear on the nationally-televised singing competition show, The Voice, but didn’t make the call back list.
“Rather than pouting about not making it,” Sabin said she has taken “what I’ve learned in the audition and am applying my new knowledge to another audition in Philadelphia.” The next chance to audition for The Voice is scheduled for Feb. 20 in the City of Brotherly Love. The show, which features blind auditions followed by several rounds of singing performances, will be premiering its 10th season on Feb. 29 with returning celebrity singers Christina Aguilera, Pharrell Williams, Adam Levine and Blake Shelton.
In her junior year at Mt. Blue, Sabin, 16, of Wilton, went to an audition held Saturday afternoon at the Navy Pier facility in Chicago. Thousands attended the audition, each seeking a chance to appear on the show. It would take Sabin a wait of a few long hours to get her chance to sing for the show’s producers.
After practicing her audition song, Girl on Fire by Alicia Keys, over and over again on Saturday morning in her hotel room, Sabin and her dad arrived at the audition’s venue.
After standing in line for a half an hour, Sabin’s group moved into a gigantic room with speakers loudly playing examples of the types of singing games seen on the show.
The Sabins waited in the big room for more than two hours, along “with thousands of other people with dreams similar to mine,” Sabin said. “After a long few hours of people around us yelling and screaming to be noticed in the time-passing games and events,” and having two bottles of water and one banana, reciting four prayers, added with “plenty of laughter and daddy hugs, the rows ahead of me started moving and then mine,” she said.
Sabin was put into a group of 10 auditioning singers and led up a set of stairs to a hallway. While waiting in the hallway she listened to her pitch pipe phone app for the A note she would need to start her song, Girl on Fire.
Then, Sabin said, “the 10 of us entered the room, where a producer from the show was sitting, ready to judge us. I was the fourth person to sing. The first three people threw my pitch off, and I started my song on an A sharp, so the high notes in the song were way too high for my voice to project loudly.
“The sound of my song was inconsistent and consistency is exactly what the judge was looking for,” she noted. “None of the other nine people from my room got invited to the call back auditions. But, I learned exactly what I have to do to get through in Philadelphia, and I am more than determined to succeed,” she added.
For the upcoming audition Sabin’s made a list of what she will need to do in order to succeed. It includes buying a portable pitch pipe, practicing her song “every single day and nitpick every little detail in my voice and song,” and “to be more expressive and show even more personality in my performance.” Last, but not least, is “to never give up.”
“That’s what my passion is all about. Falling down, picking myself back up, trying harder, learning something new with every experience, and always having faith in myself. I am beyond excited,” she said.