Fort Wayne’s Addison Agen focuses on preparation for each upcoming ‘The Voice’ performance
Being a contestant on “The Voice” has been a great experience, but the workload doesn’t leave any time for sightseeing, and that’s OK, Addison Agen of Fort Wayne said.
“You kind of are running the race while you are on it,” Addison, 16, said during a telephone interview Wednesday morning.
The media calls were scheduled to begin about 6 a.m. Pacific Standard Time in Los Angeles, where Addison has stayed the past two weeks or so to prepare for or to compete on the live “The Voice” broadcasts, which began Nov. 20.
As noted in a previous News-Sentinel.com story, song choice becomes increasingly important the longer contestants stay in “The Voice” competition. With the start of the live shows, contestants must both showcase their vocal talent and also appeal to viewers.
Viewers’ votes during the overnight voting period after Monday performance shows now determine what contestants stay on “The Voice” and who goes home.
Addison has made it through two live results shows with strong viewer support, advancing Tuesday night to the Top 10 and next week’s show.
However, two contestants are scheduled to be sent home on next Tuesday’s results show, leaving a Final Eight for the duet competition round on Dec. 11. “The Voice” season winner will be named on the Dec. 19 results show.
Addison, a junior at Concordia Lutheran High School, said she decides what to sing each week in consultation with her celebrity coach, Adam Levine of music group Maroon 5.
They try to find something new for her to perform each show, she said.
“Nothing is set in stone yet,” she said of a song choice for next week’s Monday live performance show.
She will practice with Levine and the show’s band for 30-45 minutes today, which will be done on camera, she said. The rest of the week, she will have an off-camera practice with the band and a 20-minute vocal lesson.
Otherwise, she’s on her own until a rehearsal Monday for that night’s live show.
She has been rehearsing as much as she can on her own, she said. She just has to make sure she doesn’t wear out her voice.
If she feels like she’s starting to overwork her voice, “I practice in my head” without singing aloud, she said.
The main thing she wants fans and supporters to know is to keep voting for her on the show, she said.
“Voting is so, so, so crucial,” she added.
Addison Agen of Fort Wayne and other Top 10 finalists on “The Voice” will compete to make the Final Eight during a performance show at 8 p.m. Monday on NBC.
Results from viewer voting after Monday’s show will be announced during a live “The Voice” program at 8 p.m. Tuesday on NBC.
The show airs locally on Fort Wayne’s NBC, Channel 21.2.
HOW TO VOTE
Here’s a link to our story about voting rules and methods:
THE ADDISON ARCHIVE
Here are our past stories about Addison Agen’s journey on “The Voice”: