Alleged Hoax Mastermind Sold Sad Tale to ‘The Voice’ Too

by | January 17, 2013 at 10:14 PM | Celebrities, The Voice

Notre Dame linebacker Manti Te'o (AP)


The alleged brains behind the strange, tragic but fictional story of the death of Notre Dame linebacker Manti Te’o's girlfriend is apparently a master storyteller.

Ronaiah Tuiasosopo, who reportedly created the fake online profile of the “girlfriend” who died the same day as the athlete’s grandmother, recently auditioned for NBC’s “The Voice,” according to Us Magazine. Apparently he told some whoppers over there as well.

A source told the publication that Tuiasosopo auditioned to be a contestant on the upcoming season of the NBC series. There the aspiring singer told producers that “he and his cousins started a Christian band together and were on their way to perform at a youth conference in Nevada when they got into a ‘massive’ car accident. He claimed a truck crashed into their vehicle, sending them flip-flopping all over the freeway. He also said doctors thought one of them might have been brain-dead, but miraculously, everyone was fine.”

The insider added that Tuaisosopo passed a background check and psych evaluation, and no suspicious behavior surfaced, adding that “people now think the sob story is fake.”

in spite of the story, Tuaisosopo’s singing skills weren’t enough to sway judges Shakira, Usher, Blake Shelton, and Adam Levine. Apparently, none of them surned their chair around.