Addison Agen wows judges on ‘The Voice’
Sixteen-year-old Addison Agen of Fort Wayne left the judges stunned by her vocal talent during her blind audition Monday night on the hit NBC music talent search show “The Voice.”
Judges Adam Levine and Miley Cyrus both turned their chairs around in hopes of getting her to pick one of them as her coach for future performances on the show. Judges start with their backs to auditioning performers and have to hit a button to turn their chair around if they want that singer for their team.
Judges Jennifer Hudson and Blake Shelton didn’t turn around their chairs, but they praised Addison’s vocals on her version of Ray LaMontagne’s “Jolene.”
“Your voice is so beautiful,” Hudson said.
“Addison, you’re one of my favorite singers,” Levine said, adding that she has the voice of a woman “who has been through some crap.”
Cyrus, who became a star as a teen, told Addison she can relate well to her situation and her vocals, saying she also has had cracks in her voice since age 16.
When it came time to pick a coach, Addison decided on Cyrus.
“I feel like I am a younger version of her,” the Concordia Lutheran High School junior said on the show.
Cyrus said she and Addison “are meant to be,” and that the newest member of her team will be a star.
“I really wanted her,” a disappointed Levine said. “She is amazing.”
The blind audition episodes of “The Voice” were recorded previously.
Addison now will advance to the knockout rounds, during which each coach must pit pairs of his or her team members against one another and then pick a winner. Contestants who survive the knockout rounds make it to the final rounds of the competition.
Addison is the second person with Fort Wayne ties to makes it into “The Voice” competition rounds in the past two years.
Fort Wayne native Barry Minniefield made it into the knockout rounds before being eliminated during the 2015 season. Minniefield had moved to California as a young man.