Fort Wayne’s Addison Agen delivers stirring knockout round performance on ‘The Voice’
Addison Agen left the celebrity coaches in awe Monday night, winning her knockout round performance on “The Voice” with a soulful rendition of the song “Beneath Your Beautiful,” by Labrinth.
“I’m telling you, that girl can win the whole thing, Grammys and everything,” her coach, Adam Levine, said after the performance.
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 Addison’s vocals on another level.
“I think that probably was as close to pitch perfect as you can get,” said coach Miley Cyrus, who initially worked with Addison on Team Miley.
Cyrus gave the edge to Team Miley member Karli Webster last week during her battle round performance with Addison, and Levine persuaded Addison to join his team after hitting his button to “steal” her.
Monday night, Coach Blake Shelton described Addison’s voice as one of his favorites in this season’s competition, while coach Jennifer Hudson said Addison’s voice “comes with a melody in it.”
Before selecting Addison 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.
“There is a comfort I feel when I hear you sing, and I know everyone in this room felt that,” he said.
“Addison can save the world,” he added.
Before their knockout round performances, Addison and Drummond worked with Levine and music star Kelly Clarkson to rehearse for it. The former “American Idol” winner served as guest coach to help all contestants prepare for their knockout round performances.
“Right off the bat, your voice is comforting,” Clarkson told Addison.
Describing Addison as a storyteller, “I really didn’t see that voice coming out of you,” Clarkson added.
“I definitely have a lot of learning to do,” Addison said. “Adam knows so much. I definitely hope I can learn from his artistry.”
Knockout round winners 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.
All of the show’s episodes so far, including Monday night’s, have been pre-recorded, but contestants aren’t allowed to discuss them until after the shows have been broadcast.