Fort Wayne friends and fans turn out to welcome home Addison Agen from ‘The Voice’

Addison Agen hugs a friend after returning Wednesday night to Fort Wayne International Airport following her runner-up finish Tuesday night on the season finale of "The Voice." (By Kevin Kilbane of News-Sentinel.com)
Addison Agen poses for a photo with two young fans who joined about 150 people in welcoming her home at Fort Wayne International Airport. Addison finished as runner-up Tuesday night on the vocal talent competition show "The Voice." (By Kevin Kilbane of The News-Sentinel)
Jeff and Jessica Scotts stand Wednesday night with their daughter Jaylene, 7, at Fort Wayne International Airport behind a sign the family made to welcome home Addison Agen, who finished as runner-up Tuesday night on "The Voice." The Scotts' other daughter, Jazmyn, is not in the photo. (By Kevin Kilbane of News-Sentinel.com)
Addison Agen signs her autograph for a young girl after Addison arrived Wednesday night at Fort Wayne International Airport. About 150 people turned out to welome home the Fort Wayne native following her runner-up finish Tuesday night on "The Voice." (By Kevin Kilbane of News-Sentinel.com)

It’s safe to say Addison Agen set a new record Wednesday night for the number of selfies and “Can I get a picture with you?”-photos one person was in after arriving at Fort Wayne International Airport.

A crowd of about 150 people gathered in the airport terminal’s arrival area before the flight carrying the Fort Wayne native and “The Voice” runner-up was scheduled to land about 10:30 p.m. By the time Addison and her mother, Kristine, reached the main terminal, the crowd broke into loud cheers and whistles.

“This is awesome!” Addison, 16, said, jumping up and down. “Thank you so much!”

The crowd had warmed up to greet her by cheering for many people getting off her plane ahead of her and for passengers from at least one plane that arrived before her flight.

Some of the passengers appeared puzzled, but many played along, waving their hands or pumping a fist.

After a few remarks, Addison began working her way through the crowd, hugging family, friends and classmates. Others asked her to pose for a selfie or for an autograph, and she accommodated them all.

A majority of the people greeting her were students or staff at Concordia Lutheran High School, where Addison is a junior, or people who are part of the congregation at the church she and her family attend, Come2Go Ministries on Baker Street.

But many there had no connection other than they had been touched by Addison’s humble spirit and her talent, and had been rooting for her all through “The Voice” competition.

The season ended Tuesday night with the live finale, where Addison finished runner-up to winner Chloe Kohanski.

“We’ve been watching her since she started,” said Jeff Scotts of Fort Wayne, who was there with his wife, Jessica, and their daughters, Jaylene, 7, and Jazmyn, 4.

Jessica and Jaylene were wearing homemade unicorn horn hats, a tribute resulting from Addison’s celebrity coach, Adam Levine, calling her a unicorn and describing her vocal abilities as magical following a performance.

The Scotts had arrived at the airport terminal about 9:30 p.m. to set up a large welcome home sign they had made for Addison featuring photos that had been used for her appearance before the live “The Voice” shows began at the Tecumseh branch of the Allen County Public Library.

At that appearance, Addison sang a few songs, answered people’s questions and stayed well past the scheduled end of the event to pose for photos with people or to sign autographs, including taking a photo with the Scotts, Jessica Scotts said.

“We really want a photo with her,” she added while waiting for Addison’s plane to arrive.

No doubt, Addison agreed.


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