One of the standout auditions from this week’s episode of The Voice came from 16-year-old Cecily Hennigan. Blake Shelton was the only one to turn around for her performance of Jewel’s “Foolish Games,” but all four coaches praised her mature voice.
If Cecily looks familiar to you, it’s probably because you saw her in a viral video from last year. The young singer from South Carolina made national headlines for singing her order at a McDonald’s drive-thru.
The song, called “McDonald’s Drive-Thru Song,” originally comes from former American Idol contestant and YouTube star Todrick Hall, who first posted a video of himself singing it in 2010, complete with backup singers. Amazingly, the employee was able to recite the whole order correctly back to him.
In Cecily’s case, she had already picked up her food, but she drove back around just to make the video, which she later posted on Facebook. It currently has over 2 million views.
“So I have a pretty long order, ’cause I have a lot of people. So just bear with me,” Cecily said, before launching into the song and showing off her amazing voice. Her friend even provided percussion.
The drive-thru employee was impressed, telling her, “That’s so good!”
The video was picked up by shows like Good Morning America and Today, and Cecily even appeared on Steve Harvey. She explained that she had just performed at an open mic night and stopped for food at McDonald’s, where she got the idea to perform the song.
Cecily also performed a cover of Sara Bareilles’ “Gravity” for Steve’s audience. It was her first time performing on television. Afterward, she told Steve that she had never been to a concert before, but would love to see Céline Dion perform live.
That’s when Steve surprised her with the news that Céline Dion herself had invited Cecily to one of her shows at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas. Her video also had the approval of McDonald’s, who gifted her $25,000 toward her education.
We can’t wait to see how far Cecily goes on The Voice, and if she ever sings “McDonald’s Drive-Thru Song” on the show.