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'The Voice' makes history with its first transgender contestant

Nick Paschal
Supervising Producer, Yahoo Entertainment

History was made on The Voice Monday night, when Angel Bonilla became the first transgender contestant on the U.S. version of the show. “My name is Angel Bonilla. I was born Carlos back in the Philippines,” she told the coaches.

At the age of five, Angel felt she was a girl trapped in a boy’s body, which was of course a challenge. “Growing up in a very conservative family, it was very difficult for my father,” she said. “When my dad saw me as a girl for the first time, he was puzzled. He’s not sure if I am his son, but he embraced me.”

Unfortunately, the show just teased us with a couple of seconds of her performance. Adam Levine was the only coach to turn his chair, so Angel landed on Team Adam. Angel said, “I wanted my father to be proud of me, and I’m doing this to honor him.”

We’ll just have to wait until the Battle Rounds to hear a full performance from Angel.

The Voice airs Mondays and Tuesdays at 8 p.m. on NBC. Watch clips and full episodes of The Voice for free on Yahoo View.

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