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Grand Forks native Jozy Hansen succeeds in 'The Voice' episode

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Jozy Hansen reacts as she watches "The Voice" Tuesday with family and friends at the Ground Round. Hansen made her debut on Tuesday's show and picked Gwen Stefani for her coach. Eric Hylden / Forum News Service2 / 3
Jozy Hansen puts on a "Team Gwen" cap after her performance on "The Voice" Tuesday. Her mom, Bridgie Hansen and her grandma, Helen Hansen, cheer her on in the background. Eric Hylden / Forum News Service3 / 3

GRAND FORKS — Jozy Hansen is now on Team Gwen. Dozens of Hansen's friends and family packed the Ground Round in Grand Forks Tuesday evening to watch the premiere of her audition episode on "The Voice." On the NBC show, contestants perform blind singing auditions for a panel of celebrity judges who then may choose them for their teams. This season's judges are Blake Shelton, Gwen Stefani, Alicia Keys and Adam Levine. Hansen performed the rock song "American Woman"—originally by Winnipeg's The Guess Who—and had her choice between Stefani and Levine, ultimately choosing to join Stefani's team.

"I've dreamt of this moment for years, so it's kind of surreal," Hansen said of her episode's airing. "I don't even have words." She is a Grand Forks native and graduated from Central High School and UND with a degree in communications.

Before being invited to appear on the show for the round of blind auditions, Hansen auditioned a handful of times for show producers, beginning last June in Minneapolis. She said she wasn't at all nervous to perform in front of the celebrity judges when the time came.

"I was so ready," Hansen said. "I was ready to go."

Hansen auditioned to appear on the show in 2015 and received a callback, but ultimately was not chosen. Her family members said she went into the process this time with ease.

"She didn't go in with any reservations, she just went in every day hoping and being positive," said her mother, Bridgie Hansen. "And that was, I think, what saved her." She credited her daughter's Christian faith with helping her through the process.

For contractual reasons, Hansen and her family members who knew the details of her blind audition could not disclose any information before her episode aired. Hansen's cousin, Julie Hegland, said keeping the secrets was worth it.

"She persevered through everything to get to where she is, and she deserves it."

Hansen will now appear on future episodes during Season 12, but has not disclosed the outcome of her performance during the season.

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