VIDEO and PHOTO GALLERY: Fort Wayne’s Addison Agen finishes runner-up on ‘The Voice’
Addison Agen is runner-up on “The Voice.”
Fans of the Fort Wayne 16-year-old and the other Final Four contestants were kept in suspense well into the two-hour season finale Tuesday night on “The Voice.” The title went to Chloe Kohanski of Team Blake.
The show was scheduled for 9-11 p.m., but host Carson Daly didn’t start until 10:50 p.m. to announce the results from viewers’ overnight and cumulative voting.
Brooke Simpson finished third, and Red Marlow was fourth.
When asked if they had any last words for their coaches, each of the finalists grew teary-eyed and struggled to get out their words.
“Thank you for believing in me from the very start,” Addison said to her coach, Adam Levine, pushing through tears and slight sobbing. “You have meant so much to me as a person and artist, … more than you know.”
Levine had similar praise for Addison.
“You are an astounding human being,” Levine said just before Daly announced whether Addison or Kohanski had won.
“You deserve to win, but this is not the end of anything — it’s the start,” Levine added. “I want to be a part of that, Addison. I really, really do.”
Performances by guest music artists with “The Voice” Top 8 finishers filled most of the show.
Addison performed early with guest star Norah Jones on a jazzy version of Jones’ “Don’t Know Why.” Their similar voices blended interchangeably on the song, which drew a grin from Jones at its conclusion and strong applause from the show audience.
Addison also had touched the audience, and apparently viewers, with her performances Monday night during the finals performance show.
“Tennessee Rain,” the original song she sang near the end of the show, highlighted her amazing vocal abilities and talent for musical storytelling. The song climbed quickly to No. 1 on the iTunes Top 200 Songs chart overnight and stayed there through the start of tonight’s results show.
Chloe Kohanski was right behind her at No. 2, however, with “Wish I didn’t Love You.” Both also had a second song from Monday’s show in the iTunes Top 10 during the overnight voting period.
Addison’s touching version of country star Tim McGraw’s “Humble and Kind” ranked at No. 5 on the iTunes chart at the end of the voting period. Her duet with Levine on “Falling Slowly” also finished just into the Top 10.
Addison had faltered at the very end of “Humble and Kind,” overcome by the emotion of the words she was singing. But that didn’t lessen “The Voice” coaches’ and fans’ love for the performance.
Throughout her time on “The Voice,” Addison has consistently expressed appreciation for the help she has received in growing as a music artist. She voiced those sentiments again during taped segments played during Tuesday night’s results show.
When she first arrived at the show, she thought she knew most everything she needed to know to pursue a career in music, she said in a segment shown Monday night before one of her performances.
“Wow, I was so dumb,” she said, adding there was so much she didn’t know.
Working with Levine has greatly expanded the range of her voice, she said previously. Show staff also have taught her how to take care of her voice.
She’s also gotten a taste of what life is like for music stars.
Through it all, she’s kept her focus on what matters to her — telling stories through her lyrics and music.
Fans have connected with that sincerity, and their votes carried her into the Final Four.
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Here are our past stories about Addison Agen’s journey on “The Voice”: