Usher and Shakira can now claim a tiny role in one of the sports world’s biggest stories in ages. Ronaiah Tuiasosopo, the man accused of concocting the fictitious girlfriend whose tragic death Notre Dame linebacker Manti Te’o overcame on the field, auditioned for the upcoming season of NBC’s The Voice, US Weekly reports. And just as in the tale of Lennay Kekua, whom Deadspin revealed this week to be nonexistent, there was reportedly drama involved.
Deadspin described Tuiasosopo as “a star high school quarterback turned religious musician,” so the idea he’d audition for the reality show isn’t too far-fetched. Musically, though, he must’ve fallen short. A source told US that although Tuiasosopo performed Matisyahu’s “One Day” before Voice judges Shakira, Usher, Blake Shelton, and Adam Levine, he didn’t make the cut. “No one turned their chair around,” the source is quoted as saying.
Still, Tuiasosopo reportedly came to the audition with more than music in his favor. “He had this insane sob story before [he sang],” the source told US. “It would make for great TV.” That story, according to the source, involved Tuiasosopo miraculously surviving a “massive” car accident while en route to a performance in Nevada. If only Cee-Lo were still on the show, he might’ve appreciated that flair for the over-the-top.