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Raleigh's Kat Robichaud performs The Kiki Dee Band's "I've Got the Music in Me." (Tyler Golden, NBC) Raleigh's Kat Robichaud performs The Kiki Dee Band's "I've Got the Music in Me." (Tyler Golden, NBC)
Kat Robichaud's flair for theatrics and her whiskey-soaked rasp makes her a double threat on "The Voice." (Tyler Golden, NBC) Kat Robichaud's flair for theatrics and her whiskey-soaked rasp makes her a double threat on "The Voice." (Tyler Golden, NBC)
Kat Robichaud impressed the coaches with her rendition of The Kiki Dee Band's "I've Got the Music in Me." (Tyler Golden, NBC) Kat Robichaud impressed the coaches with her rendition of The Kiki Dee Band's "I've Got the Music in Me." (Tyler Golden, NBC)
RALEIGH, N.C. -

The fifth season of The Voice officially got underway Monday with Raleigh's Kat Robichaud earning a spot on CeeLo Green's team.

Clad in black and white striped pants, and high-heel, platform shoes, Kat impressed the coaches as she wailed, kicked and screamed her way through The Kiki Dee Band's "I've Got the Music in Me."

"You remind me of all of the greats," CeeLo said after the performance, which was the first of the fifth season of The Voice. "But so original, so new, so fresh, so raw. You more than entertained me -- you engulfed me, you set me on fire."

After naming CeeLo her coach, Kat said, "I am so stoked. I love his music, I love his style, I love his funkiness."

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If anything, Kat's decision to make her national debut with "I've Got the Music in Me" was an appropriate one as getting to that stage was a culmination of seven years in the music industry. Prior to her audition for the show, Kat spent a number of years performing in a highly successful cover band, and ultimately penning her own songs for her rock band The Design.

"Every week for seven years," the N.C. State alum said. "We played festivals and did a lot of cover music, but we barely made any money. I mean, I loved it -- I met my husband on the road."

But being on the road nearly non-stop meant she didn't have much time to spend with her husband, which brought her to the difficult decision to end the band with which she fought so long and so hard to succeed.

"That's what she's always wanted to do -- play music," said Guillaume Robichaud, Kat's husband. "I'm very proud that she actually made it to be here on The Voice."

While she's taken the last half a year to spend more time with her family, the opportunity to perform on The Voice meant an opportunity to revitalize her music career, as well as honor her father who passed away earlier this year.

"He loved the show, and I just want to make him proud," Kat said. "Before I went out, when we're pacing and waiting to go on, I just looked up at my dad and I'm like, 'You're helping me with this right?'

"I feel like maybe he helped turn those chairs around."

Adam Levine was the only one of the four coaches who didn't turn his chair. But it was easy to see that it was a decision he regretted.

"For sure not what I was expecting, especially those sweet pants," Adam said of Kat, who he referred to as "Raspy McRasperson." "You have a great voice, and I can't wait to see these guys battle over you because it's going to be fun to see the bloodshed."

Being that the blind auditions round means the coaches base their decisions solely on the performers' vocal talents, Kat was quick to turn chairs with a whiskey-soaked rasp that has long-defined her musical endeavors in the Triangle.

One more thing that Triangle audiences know all too well is that Kat has the stage presence of a long-seasoned performer. And the coaches soon recognized that added advantage to having her on their team.

"How did you do that kick with those big, platform shoes?" Christina Aguilera asked.

Her flair for theatrics makes sense considering her influences: Queen, David Bowie and Rocky Horror.

"My father raised me on Broadway musicals," Kat explained. "Annie, Oliver, Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, and then as I got older I found my way to Rocky Horror and rock operas like Hedwig and the Angry Inch."

She added, "I got really into the whole glam rock scene with David Bowie, Queen, Marilyn Manson -- so I just love that. And then my dad loves Janis Joplin, so I have a lot of influences with the soulful singing but also the theatrics and just the balls-out rock and rock."

Kat now moves on the battle rounds where she must go head-to-head with another member of CeeLo's team.

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