Australian 'The Voice' Contestant Nathan Brake Proposes to His Boyfriend After Blind Audition
Auditioning for a singing reality show like The Voice is already nerve-wracking enough, with a panel of celebrity judges, a live audience and millions of people at home watching you attempt to prove that you have the musical chops to compete. But for contestant Nathan Brake, auditioning was daunting for another reason.
On the latest episode of Australia’s The Voice, Brake decided to take a moment after auditioning with a cover of Nick Jonas’ “Jealous” to pop the question to his boyfriend, Mitchell Baines. The moment came just before Brake chose which team he wanted to be on. “I’ve made a decision,” he said, referring to which coach he would choose. “I’ve also made another decision that’s separate to choosing a coach today.”
Brake brought his boyfriend on stage, saying that the two had been together for six years. “You’ve been a constant support for me over these last six years,” Brake said, as he got down on one knee. “So I just wanted to ask you, will you marry me?” Baines smiled and said yes, leading to a thunderous applause from the audience and the judges.
The contestant’s proposal is the first same-sex marriage proposal to be aired on an Australian reality television program. Australia legalized same sex marriage in December of last year, after conducting a country-wide postal survey that revealed 61 percent of roughly 12 million respondents approved of marriage equality.
“I feel like now that the survey happened and the results came through with a positive answer, people can watch this and really feel happy and excited that this is the direction the country is going in,” Brake said in an interview with The Daily Mail Australia. “I can actually pledge my love on this platform without any worries.”
WOW! I don’t even know where to start! THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU for the amazing love and support being sent my way right now. Thank for you for sharing that moment with me. I am so excited for this next chapter of life and cannot wait to get started on this amazing journey with the incredible @deltagoodrem ---- Mitchell and I are filled with so much joy right now, our hearts are so full! -- I hope you enjoyed watching as much as I enjoyed performing! ✨-- LETS GO TEAM!! #thevoiceau #teamdelta
Brake eventually went on to join Delta Goodrem’s team, saying on Instagram: “I am so excited for this next chapter of life and cannot wait to get started on this amazing journey with the incredible @deltagoodrem.”
Watch Brake’s full audition and proposal on The Voice below: