You might not recognize the name or the face because the last time you probably saw Alisan Porter was back in 1991 when she starred in Curly Sue as, you guessed it, Curly Sue. Over 20 years later and Porter is now working on a singing career, so auditioning for The Voice made perfect sense.
And perfect is putting it mildly. In her blind audition Porter earned a four-chair turn and standing ovation from Adam Levine, Pharrell Williams, Christina Aguilera and Blake Shelton. Her performance of “Blue Bayou” will give you chills, as will her story.
“I was an actress when I was very young. It’s not my passion. This is my passion,” Porter said, before revealing she played Curly Sue.
When asked by Pharrell about her decision to focus on music instead of acting, Porter got emotional. “I was going through a hard time in life, and I actually got sober almost eight years ago. I fell in love and I had children, and that was my goal: to be a good mom. I really feel like the universe just had a plan for me, because you guys turned for me today.”
If you’ve seen Curly Sue, then you know Porter has some chops as she belts out “The Star-Spangled Banner” in a memorable scene.
But if you also happened to catch her appearance on Star Search when she was a mere five years old, her rendition of “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” will complete you.
Adorable. But we can’t wait to see how she does on The Voice.
Season 10 of The Voice premieres Monday at 8 p.m. ET on CTV