Fort Wayne’s Addison Agen focuses on preparation for each upcoming ‘The Voice’ performance

Addison Agen, center, of Fort Wayne learns during Tuesday night's results show on "The Voice" that she will advance to the Top 10 competition next week. Her Team Adam teammate, Adam Cunningham, left, earned the Instant Save at the end of the show for the second week in a row to also advance to the Top 10. (Photo by Trae Patton/NBC)

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.


Here’s a link to our story about voting rules and methods:

RELATED STORY: UPDATED: Beginning tonight, your votes determine Fort Wayne’s Addison Agen’s future on ‘The Voice.’


Here are our past stories about Addison Agen’s journey on “The Voice”:

RELATED STORY: VIDEO: Fort Wayne’s Addison Agen leaves celebrity coaches in awe on ‘The Voice’

RELATED STORY: UPDATED: Fort Wayne’s Addison Agen and other ‘The Voice’ contestants are scheduled to sing songs tonight chosen for them by viewers

RELATED STORY: Fort Wayne’s Addison Agen advances to next week’s show on ‘The Voice

RELATED STORY: VIDEO: Fort Wayne’s Addison Agen called “an inspiration” after her ‘The Voice’ performance

RELATED STORY: VIDEO: Fort Wayne’s Addison Agen inspires standing ovation and earns a trip to ‘The Voice’ live show finals

RELATED STORY: UPDATED: ‘The Voice’ competition entering new difficulty level for Fort Wayne’s Addison Agen

RELATED STORY: Fort Wayne Concordia Lutheran’s Addison Agen from ‘The Voice’ has started work on a new album

RELATED STORY: Fort Wayne’s Addison Agen delivers stirring knockout round performance on ‘The Voice’

RELATED STORY: Addison Agen feels the Fort Wayne hometown support as she competes on ‘The Voice’

RELATED STORY: VIDEO: Addison Agen joins Team Adam after a steal on ‘The Voice’

RELATED STORY: Agen’s battle round performance set for Monday night on ‘The Voice’

RELATED STORY: Agen hopes ‘The Voice’ launches her on a music career

RELATED STORY: Agen wows judges on ‘The Voice’

RELATED STORY: Concordia Lutheran High School student may be on ‘The Voice’


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