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‘The Voice’ contestant visits her old stomping grounds with stops at Bethlehem schools

Danielle Mozeleski, also known as Dani Moz on The Voice, talks to students at Bethlehem High School, on Wednesday, April 9.

Danielle Mozeleski, also known as Dani Moz on The Voice, talks to students at Bethlehem High School, on Wednesday, April 9. Photo by Marcy Velte.

— Not everyone can be sure they will receive a warm reception when returning to their hometown. Danielle Mozeleski can be counted as one of the lucky ones.

“The Voice” contestant, known as Dani Moz, made a short stop home to Bethlehem last week. The majority of her time was spent visiting area schools and talking to students about her time on the show. She also gave a few performances.

“It’s great to be back and be able to talk with all of these students,” said Mozeleski on Wednesday, April 9. “It’s hard to describe what it’s like to be here.”

Mozeleski had made it through the competition to the final “battle round,” which was set to air on Monday, April 14, on NBC, just after The Spotlight has gone to press. All of the previous battle rounds were pre-taped. If Mozeleski were to win her final battle, she would then move on to the Top 12, with those performances airing live.

Producers of “The Voice” originally found Mozeleski through her YouTube channel and asked her to audition. She said her first audition was in New York City in 2012, with a majority of the battle rounds filmed last year. She became a member of Team Shakira after the pop singer selected her as one of the group she would mentor as part of the show.

Mozeleski spent one of her first days home visiting Glenmont and Slingerlands elementary schools. She said many of the students did not know who she was, and seemed uninterested until she decided to sing “Let It Go” from the newest Disney movie “Frozen.”

“They got all excited and thought I was the girl from ‘Frozen,’” she said. “Then they all wanted to take pictures with me.”

She made visits the next day at both the middle and high schools, spending time with Patrick Pisanello’s and Jason Dashew’s music classes and James Yeara’s British Literature class. All three had been Mozeleski’s teachers, with Yeara even producing an old grade book to tease her with.

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