Like many other singing competition shows, The Voice has become a place for young, fresh faces to get their big break on a national platform. But during this season’s blind auditions, one of Hungary’s top names in pop took to the stage hoping to get at least one chair to turn around. Luckily for Viktor Kiraly all four celebrity coaches took a spin when they heard his take on Don Hathaway’s rendition of What’s Going On. In a recent conference call interview, Kiraly talked about his trepidation about the tryouts and how it felt to have four music icons vying for his affection.

Born and raised in Great Neck, New York, Kiraly moved to his parents’ homeland Hungary when he was just 16 years old.

Inspired by his parents, who are both musicians, Kiraly played the drums in garage bands as a kid, before finding his voice in Budapest and becoming a singer.

The move to center stage paid off. In 2008, Kiraly beat out over 10,000 hopefuls to win the fourth season of the Hungarian talent show Megasztár and was named Voice of the Year. Three solo albums and a string of hit songs followed. Now he’s a megastar at home.

He'sreleased some English-language tracks but he’s yet to match his success in the U.S. So, despite some trepidation, hewas determined to give The Voice a shot. “It took a lot of guts,” he acknowledged. “It took a lot of sleepless nights for me to decide because it’s a really risky situation because if I don’t do well, if I don’t get any chairs turned then it might be embarrassing to go back to a country where people already somewhat know my name."

Yet, Kiraly realized there was more at stake than his pride.

“I’m the type of person, I’ve always been this type of person, that I do it for the music,” explained Kiraly. “I don’t do it for the fame. I don’t do it for the radio plays or anything like that. Of course, if it comes with it, it’s fantastic and you’re respected for what you do.”

That means setting aside any of the trappings from his previous existence in Hungary.

“It’s not at all one problem for me to get back to the roots, start on zero and build myself up because I have no American audience, like zero,” conceded Kiraly. “So for me to go to The Voice it’s actually a liberating feeling that I’m working really hard just as everyone else is to find a spot on the show.”

And find a spot he did.

After all four coaches turned around a battle of pop star proportions broke out. Blake Shelton, Gwen Stefani, Pharrell Williams and Adam Levine each pled their case. While that might sound like a glamorous and exciting moment, it doesn’t come without a certain pressure, “For me to decide between four chairs was totally a surreal situation. And I was totally in awe that I was standing on the stage with all four of them looking at me.”

Although he went into the audition with every intention of signing on to Team Pharrell, a certain coach persuaded Kiraly to change his mind. “It was all about gut decision. So I mean, I was on stage and I got an overwhelming amount of positive criticism from Adam and he was overwhelmed with my performance,” Kiraly recounted, “And he was really, really, lifting me up in some way.

And so it was very easy for me to decide.”

So Team Adam it is and Kiraly is one step closer to becoming as big a star in the U.S. as he is in Hungary. Still prior success doesn’t mean someone’s a shoe in to win The Voice. Four recognizable faces, including E.G. Daily of Pee-wee’s Big Adventure fame, have failed to take home the honors. But hopefully Kiraly will follow in the footsteps of another seasoned contestant. Cassadee Pope from the pop-punk band Hey Monday and Degrassi Goes Hollywood won The Voiceseason 3.

You can tune in to The Voiceevery Monday and Tuesday at 8 p.m. EST/PST on NBC to see if Kiraly can take home the top prize.

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