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The Voice 2013: Monique Abbadie Talks Distinguishing Herself From Other Spanish-Singing Contestants

On April 1, Cuban-American artist Monique Abbadie lit up The Voice Season 4 stage with her fast-paced, high-energy rendition of Shakira’s “Loca.” The complex and challenging performance earned her a four-chair turn and a spot on Team Shakira.

Wetpaint Entertainment caught up with the artist the day after her blind audition aired to talk about her Spanish-centric performance and how she plans to differentiate herself from the other Latin artists on the show.

“I’m not completely a Latin artist,” she admitted. “That’s more of a little spark I put into my music, targeting my audience. I can also sing in other genres and I plan to expose that to everybody later on in the show and especially in the upcoming battle rounds. I really plan to show a completely different side of me, speaking to my Spanish roots, but also showing the world that I can be a diverse artist and that other people can also identify themselves with me, not just the Latino community.”

And that shouldn’t be a problem with international superstar and successful crossover artist, Shakira, as her coach. Though all four coaches turned, Adam Levine, Blake Shelton, and Usher all encouraged Monique to pick Shakira — a first in Voice history.

But did Monique ever second guess her original instinct to pick Team Shakira?

“Always from the beginning ever since I knew Shakira was going to be a coach, I inclined towards her because of the fact that I am a fan of hers,” Monique admitted. “There was never a doubt in my mind that I would go with her. But of course being in front of such amazing artists, it kinda does go through your mind ‘What if, what if?’ But no, I would never let my girl down. I love Shakira and I’m so glad to be on her team.”

Do you like Monique? Re-watch her blind audition and tell us what you think below!

04.4.2013 / 10:30 PM EDT by Rachel McRady
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