Two Long Island women found a spot on the coach’s team Tuesday night during early blind auditions for season 21 of NBC’s “The Voice” singing competition.
Bella Dianapoli, 21, of West Islip, has joined the cast of pop star Ariana Grande thanks to her new creative arrangement for Danity Kane’s “Damaged.” Her powerful vocals culminated in a high pitched tone that had Grande, Kelly Clarkson, and John Legend at the same time.
Also 21-year-old Caitlin Velez, formerly of Ronkonkoma and now of Copiague, secured a spot on country star Blake Shelton’s team by performing the song “Please Don’t Go” by Mike Posner, in which she accompanies herself with the ukulele. Shelton and Legend competed for her, and shortly thereafter Shelton chirp Comically, “Well @JohnLegend looks like @kaitlynvelez_ is going to carve out her own spot in Team Blake!!”
She graduated from Connetquot High School in Bohemia and now majors in music at Berklee College of Music in Boston, Phillies Post on Instagram Tuesday night, “blakeshelton, I am so excited and grateful to be able to work with you…goats. [greatest of all time]and told the legend, “Thank you for fighting for me and for believing in me!!! I can’t believe you turned around for me.” She also gave kudos to Clarkson and Grande.
“I very much enjoy 2010-era pop music,” Velez, speaking on the phone from home, told Newsday of her choice of Posner’s synth-pop single. She said, “That was a really big and popular song when I was little, and I wanted to pick a song that was nostalgic and give it my own touch.” Phillies is the daughter of Ares, an elementary school teacher, and Carlos, who works for a vehicle inspection services company in Farmingdale.
The West Islip High School DeNapoli alumnus is the daughter of local cover band singer Nancy Jean DiNapoli and guitarist Tom DiNapoli, who form the duo Fine Wine and take on the six-piece Beernutz. They also own and operate the large electrical contracting company KND in Deer Park.
On a Tuesday night, Bella di Napoli wrote on Instagram, “Holy cannoli,” using the exclamation point she uttered on stage at Universal Studios Hollywood when faced with the choice of three music star bands to join. “To my final stage mom, @arianagrande I love you cm [so much] I am so lucky to have you as my coach!!!! To learn from you the “Queen herself” was more than that [sic] I can imagine that. DeNapoli herself has been working in artist development, helping aspiring singers at Producer Donnie Klang’s Loft Sound Studio, in Syosset.
The two Long Islanders never encountered each other in local music circles and met when they scored for California auditions in August. “Oh my God, I love Kaitlyn so much,” Dinapoli said enthusiastically, also speaking on the phone from home. “I’m so glad we met through the process. The second we met each other was instant brotherhood. I felt like the taste of home was with me when I was there.”
“It’s so crazy because we have a mutual friend,” Velez added. “It’s so crazy how we managed to not know each other and then meet here.”