PERFORMANCE VIDEOS: Fort Wayne native Addison Agen’s journey to the live rounds of ‘The Voice’
Concordia Lutheran High School junior 16-year-old Addison Agen has manuevered her way through the competition of NBC’s hit singing competition “The Voice”, culminating with her selection to make it to the Top 12 live show after Tuesday night’s emotional rendition of the country-rock song “Angel from Montgomery” by Bonnie Raitt brought all four judges to their feet. Considering two of the judges never turned their chairs during her
blind audition, it is clear she has won the judges over.
Her path may have looked easy, but it got off to a bumpy start, with her losing her “Team Miley” competition in her first performance after her blind audition. Nonetheless, Agen has made it through to stay in the competition.
Here is a recap of her journey.
THE BLIND AUDITION
Agen left the judges stunned by her vocal talent during her blind audition performance of Ray LaMontagne’s song “Jolene.” Long-time judge Adam, and Miley Cyrus both turned for her, while Blake Shelton and Jennifer Hudson passed on her. Levine, talking with Cyrus after Agen’s initial performance, said, “They screwed up.” He was proven right to this point. When it came time to pick a coach, Agen decided on Cyrus.
BUMP IN THE ROAD
Agen was paired up with Karli Webster, 20, of Santa Clarita, Calif., where the duo sang a slowed-down version “Girls Just Want to Have Fun,” the pop hit made famous by Cyndi Lauper. Cyrus, described picking the winner as possibly the most difficult decision she has ever had to make as a coach on “The Voice.” In the end, she chose Webster. Levine and Hudson hit their buttons to steal Addison and then made their cases for why she should pick one of them. Levine reminded Agen he had turned around to try to pick her for his team during the blind audition phase of the show. Apparently, that was enough to convince Agen to select him as her judge going forward.
Agen left the celebrity coaches in awe winning her knockout round performance on “The Voice” with a soulful rendition of the song “Beneath Your Beautiful,” by Labrinth. The Concordia Lutheran High school junior went up against Dennis Drummond, who impressed the coaches with his voice as well as his hot guitar playing on “All Along the Watchtower,” by the late legendary guitarist Jimi Hendrix. The coaches praised Drummond’s performance, but they put Agen’s vocals on another level. Before selecting her as the winner, Levine said there is so much turmoil and craziness in the world right now, but listening to Addison sing makes people feel all will be OK. “I definitely have a lot of learning to do,” Agen said. “Adam knows so much. I definitely hope I can learn from his artistry.” After her win over Drummond, she would get the chance.
MAKING HER CASE
Agen was the last to perform for “Team Adam” this past Tuesday on “The Voice”, but was the first to be closen by Levine to move on to the live rounds. She delivered an emotional rendition of the country-rock song “Angel from Montgomery,” by Bonnie Raitt. The performance brought all four celebrity coaches and the crowd to their feet. It also propelled Agen into the Top 12 live show finals, which begin Monday. Praise flowed first from coaches Blake Shelton, Jennifer Hudson and Miley Cyrus. “I love Addison,” Shelton said. “There is so much character with your voice.” “Dang! Addison, you’re probably going to win this, and Adam is going to shove it in my face,” said Cyrus, who was Addison’s first coach on “The Voice.”
Levine was obviously pleased with her performance.
“I think this girl is so special,” he said. “I truly want to see this girl succeed,” Levine added. “You are truly a frigging unicorn.”
The live shows pit the Top 12 finalists against each other beginning at 8-10 p.m. next Monday. Starting with that show, viewers’ votes will decide who will stay on the show and who will go home.
Contestants will learn the viewer voting results of next Monday’s show during a broadcast at 8 p.m. Nov. 21, the show website said. Ten performers will be named safe, and the bottom two artists in the voting will have to compete for an Instant Save from viewers at the end of the show. The loser will go home.
The elimination process will continue until “The Voice” season finale, when one vocalist will be named winner.