Did the Guy Behind the Manti Te'o Hoax Audition for "The Voice", Using Some of the Same Sob Story?
"Us" magazine claims Ronaiah Tuiasosopo, the guy allegedly behind the MANTI TE'O dead-girlfriend hoax, tried out for "The Voice", and he used some of the SAME sob story that he used for Manti's "girlfriend," Lennay Kekua.
A so-called "insider" says he 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 said a truck crashed into their vehicle, which sent them "flip-flopping all over the freeway." He also said doctors initially thought one of them might be brain-dead, but miraculously, everyone was FINE.
Of course, a car accident was part of Lennay's tragic (but made up) story. But she was not fine, especially after she was subsequently diagnosed with leukemia. The insider says Ronaiah passed a "background check and psych evaluation", whatever that entails, and nothing about his story was suspicious. But now some people connected with the show are wondering if it was a LIE.
The audition was for the upcoming season, and supposedly, he DID get the opportunity to perform in front of the judges. He sang Matisyahu's "One Day". But none of the judges turned their chair around for him, so, it's unclear if was going to be featured on TV.
By the way, the Christian band thing makes sense. From what we've heard, Ronaiah's father is a pastor, and Ronaiah has reportedly been very involved in his church. He also has a bunch of songs on YouTube. Here's him performing an original song called "Saved Again". Not all his songs are religious though. Here's him singing a cover of LeMarvin's "Thug Like Me" with a cousin. For more, hit up his YouTube channel.)
Here are some pictures of Ronaiah.
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