Tuesday’s episode of The Voice (Monday and Tuesday at 8 p.m. ET/MT on CTV TWO) featured the most brutal cut of the year, with the top eight singers being whittled down to the final four. Coaches Blake Shelton, Kelly Clarkson and Jennifer Hudson all still have a chance at winning, with Chris Kroeze, Kirk Jay, Chevel Shephard and Kennedy Holmes making up the four singers standing, while Adam Levine’s lone team member Reagan Strange was unable to secure the last save of the season. We’re not saying DeAndre Nico would have won the spot, but we’re not saying he wouldn’t have.
For the most part, the final four singers of Season 15 aren’t a huge shock. Country and teen artists both have a history of doing well on the reality singing show, so by that reasoning we can pretty much expect teen country singer and Team Kelly member Chevel Shepard to take the win during next week’s finale.
Blake Shelton has the best odds for winning, with the six-time Voice winner boasting two singers in the finale, including rock, country and snooze singer Chris Kroeze and Kirk ‘Wakanda-Forever-Country-Til-I-Die’ Jay.
The bottom three singers left to fight for the Instant Save and earn the fourth and final spot were Kennedy Holmes, Reagan Strange and MaKenzie Thomas.
Team J Hud member Kennedy Holmes won the final save of Season 15, with the 14-year-old now poised to become the youngest singer to ever win The Voice (Season 14 winner Brynn Cartelli was 15 when she won). Holmes has always been near the top of the list this season, never quite hitting the big notes or expressing the same level of depth and emotional maturity of her competitors, but she rose to the challenge on Tuesday night, delivering her best vocal performance of the season with “How Do I Live.”
Team Adam’s teen singer Reagan Strange appeared to be feeling the weight of her coach’s scandal and faltered during her cover of the ill-fitting “Wherever You Will Go” by The Calling. Reagan’s final performance was her weakest, but that doesn’t take away from a season of solid showings, especially from someone so young.
During his final comments for Reagan, Levine applauded Strange while touching on last week’s disaster, saying “You’re a tremendous human being. Your strength, your poise, your grace and your elegance through all of this has been better than mine, in most instances.” There are still a few months before the next season of The Voice begins filming, but we can’t see contestants willingly picking Team Adam after this year.
Then, there was MaKenzie Thomas. We can barely talk about MaKenzie. As her coach Jennifer said, MaKenzie has done everything she needs to do to make it to the finale. Jennifer thought so. We thought so. Somewhere, with the millions of people who voted on Tuesday, there was a disconnect, because MaKeznie should have won Season 15. Now we must patiently wait for Thomas to put out her album, which we’ll be first in line to buy. One last time, sang girl.
STANDINGS FOR FINALE
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