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Lovington’s Gigi Hess makes an impression, turns a chair on ‘The Voice’

Lovington’s Gigi Hess performs during the Blind Auditions on NBC’s “The Voice” on Monday. Hess made the show when judge Kelly Clarkson turned for her. (Mitchell Haddad/NBC)

It took less than 30 seconds for Gigi Hess to make an impression on Kelly Clarkson.

With the swift hit of the button and turn of the chair, Hess became a contestant on NBC’s “The Voice” on Monday night.

The 22-year-old from Lovington became Clarkson’s final team member for the current season of the singing competition.

Hess auditioned with her drama-filled version of The Cure’s “Lovesong.”

Clarkson was the only coach to turn for Hess.

“The runs you did were very cool,” Clarkson said in the episode. “I’m so glad I didn’t have to fight for you.”

Hess found music through her father playing his vinyl records for her.

In fifth grade, she performed at her school talent show and was hooked.

“I did a Beyonce song and it was so fun,” she said.

In middle school, Hess was diagnosed with polycystic ovarian syndrome, causing her to gain 150 pounds.

Then came the excessive bullying from classmates.

bright spot“As a teenager, you start to wonder if maybe I’m not supposed to be here,” she said in the episode. “My family was constantly supporting me and telling me it wouldn’t matter one day.”

At 19, she had gastric sleeve surgery and things started to turn around.

“My music career started to take off,” she said. ” ‘The Voice’ is beyond anything I can imagine for myself.”

Judges Nick Jonas and John Legend weighed in on Hess’ performance and agreed that Clarkson was the right coach.

“I love Gigi, she has all the tools as a singer,” Clarkson said. “I couldn’t be happier that Gigi was my final chick. I feel like I’m a good coach for her.”

Clarkson has coached the winner of “The Voice” three different times.

In season 14, she won with Brynn Cartelli.

Clarkson also coached New Mexico native Chevel Shepherd to a win during the 15th season.

Last season, the 17th, Clarkson guided 31-year-old country singer Jake Hoot to a win.

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