VIDEO: Fort Wayne’s Addison Agen inspires standing ovation and earns a trip to ‘The Voice’ live show finals
Addison Agen of Fort Wayne was the last to perform Tuesday night on “The Voice,” but it didn’t keep her from delivering 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 Addison, 16, into the Top 12 live show finals, which begin Monday.
The Concordia Lutheran High School junior was the first member of Team Adam that coach Adam Levine selected to advance to the live finals, saying not selecting Addison “would be a disservice to planet Earth.”
Levine also selected contestants Jon Mero and Adam Cunningham as his three finalists for the live competition. All previous shows have been pre-recorded.
In scenes of Addison and Levine rehearsing for her performance, he spoke of how she shows a lot of maturity for someone her age and urged her to focus on her craft.
She said she can totally relate to the song, with her dad, Morrison, owning local record store Neat Neat Neat Records & Music on Calhoun Street, and being a folk music fan.
During her performance, her voice and the lyrics pulled in the audience like a storyteller.
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.”
In a close call, she gave a battle round victory to another singer. Levine and Hudson hit their buttons to “steal” Addison, and Addison chose Levine as her new coach.
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.”
Hudson and Shelton had to pick their teams by the end of Monday’s show. Levine’s team performed Tuesday night, despite listings last week on the NBC media website for “The Voice” that said Cyrus would pick her team tonight and Levine on the show at 9 p.m. Wednesday. Cyrus will select her team Wednesday night.
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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.