Addison Agen feels the Fort Wayne hometown support as she competes on ‘The Voice’

THE VOICE -- "Blind Auditions" -- Pictured: Addison Agen -- (Photo by: Tyler Golden/NBC)

When Addison Agen steps out on stage on “The Voice,” she knows she has a lot of people back in Fort Wayne cheering for her.

About 400 people came to her concert Friday at Calhoun Street Soups, Salads & Spirits – so many that some couldn’t get into the show, she said. Most also attended a meet-and-greet beforehand at her father’s record store, Neat Neat Neat Records & Music, where she met in person many people who had sent her supportive messages via social media.

“It is awesome seeing a lot of new faces,” the 16-year-old Fort Wayne resident said of the concert crowd. “People actually are coming to see me,” she added during an interview Monday afternoon with News-Sentinel.com.

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Tonight, students and staff at Concordia Lutheran High School, where Addison is a junior, will gather at 8 p.m. in the school’s auditorium to support her as “The Voice” begins the knockout rounds of the vocal talent competition.

The program will be broadcast 8-10 p.m. on NBC, which airs locally on Channel 21.2.

In addition, Team Addison Spirit Days have been popular at her school because students get to wear their #TeamAddison T-shirts instead of their regular school uniforms, she joked.

Preparation for the show’s knockout rounds has been different than earlier rounds of the show, Addison said. All of the show’s episodes so far, including tonight’s, have been pre-recorded, but contestants aren’t allowed to discuss them until after they have been broadcast.

During the blind auditions, performers sing solo in hopes one of the celebrity music coaches picks the singer for their team. Coaches Miley Cyrus and Adam Levine both wanted Addison, and she chose Cyrus.

At the recent battle rounds, two performers from the same team sing a song together and the coach picks a winner. Preparing for that performance involves spending a lot of time working with the coach and teammate you will be singing with, Addison said.

She performed with Karli Webster, 20, of Santa Clarita, Calif. Cyrus picked Webster as the winner, but Levine grabbed Addison for his team with a steal.

Knockout rounds feature two singers from a coach’s team, but each sings a different song. The coach selects a winner to continue in the competition.

To get ready for her knockout round performance, Addison had a chance to work individually with Levine and guest coach and pop music star Kelly Clarkson, she said.

Addison said it was “cool” to see someone like Clarkson, who is a tiny person with a powerful personality and voice.

“That’s what I learned from her: Age is just a number,” she said of striving for music success.

Levine has been down-to-earth and extremely supportive, she said, saying he wants her performances on the show to be just as if she is performing at one of her concerts in Fort Wayne.

Levine pushes you to stretch to be your best, but he doesn’t believe you have to hit the big, high, long notes to be a success, she said.

“I’m just a storyteller who can convey emotions in a way that isn’t normal for a 16-year-old, I guess,” she said.

Contestants who make it through the knockout round advance to a pre-recorded playoff round, which is new this season, Addison said. Coaches then select three members of their remaining team to advance to the live playoff episodes of the show.

TUNING IN

The first knockout round performances on “The Voice” will be broadcast from 8 to 10 p.m. today on Fort Wayne’s NBC, Channel 21.2.

A “Best of the Season” show will be broadcast 8-9 p.m. Tuesday.

Knockout round performances will resume 8-10 p.m. Nov. 6 and 8-9 p.m. Nov. 7.

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