Pictured: (l-r) Lynnea Moorer, Chevel Shepherd, Sarah Grace, Kimberly Joye, Makenzie Thomas, Reagan Strange, Kennedy Holmes, DeAndre Nico, Kirk Jay, Chris Kroeze, Dave Fenley — (Photo by: Trae Patton/NBC)
The Voice season 15 FINALS continue on Monday (Nov 26). The Top 11 contestants will sing for your votes. On Tuesday (Nov 27) two more singers will be eliminated. Ahead of the episode, let’s rate the contestants from Team Jennifer Hudson, Team Adam Levine, Team Kelly Clarkson and Team Blake Shelton.
Team JHud took a surprising hit when former frontrunner, SandyRedd, was eliminated from competition. The combination of Kelly’s begging and the pimp spot helped Comeback Stage artist, Lynnea Moore live to sing another week. Also, Lynnea’s safety kept the Comeback Stage twist from seeming like a total bust.
11. Lynnea Moore – Team Kelly – Lynnea will move up on the list if she manages to evade hitting bottom this week.
10. Kymberli Joye – Team Kelly – Kymberli is a talented vocalist, but is overshadowed by her biggest competition in terms of style, fellow big-voiced singer MaKenzie Thomas. Maybe it’s the lack of a compelling backstory. Or perhaps her pro performances are just not breaking through. Whatever the reason, Kymberli seems to lack buzz.
9. Dave Fenley – Team Blake – Dave only made it to the Finals after Blake saved him at the Playoffs. So this week, Dave change up his approach by choosing to sing a popular country classic, Hard to Love by Lee Brice. Still, he couldn’t break the Top 200 on iTunes last week, therefore Dave stays at the back of the pack for now.
8. Sarah Grace – Team Kelly – Sarah is becoming one of my favorites. But I get the feeling I’m in the minority. Her fellow teen singers, Reagan Strange and Chevel Shepherd seem to be garnering more attention at this point.
7. Chris Kroeze – Team Blake – Last week, Chris put his own spin on Let it Be, a beloved Beatles classic and nearly cracked the Top 50 on iTunes. I think he’ll be sticking around for awhile. His song choices are A+ so far.
6. DeAndre Nico – Team Adam – DeAndre dipped into the Christian Contemporary well last week with a song by MercyMe. That, and his moving dedication to his girlfriend who had lost their baby after a miscarriage seemed to resonate with viewers.
5. Chevel Shepherd – Team Kelly – Chevel is the only singer bringing a pure country vibe to The Voice this season. And for that reason, as well as her likability and talent, I expect she’ll go far.
4. Kennedy Holmes – Team Jennifer – Showstopping performances from MacKenzie Thomas and Kirk Jay last week means Kennedy falls back this week from No. 1 to No. 3. She needs to dig a little deeper at this point (As deep as a 14 year old is capable of digging…)
3. Reagan Strange – Team Adam – Speaking of A+ song choices, Reagan made an impression last week with Lauren Daigle’s Christian contemporary hit, You Say. Additionally, she had the most streams on Apple Music, earning her the 5x iTunes bonus. She certainly deserves to move up several notches this week.
2. MaKenzie Thomas – Team Jennifer – MaKenzie delivered an emotional performance of I Am Changing dedicated to her coach (who sang the song in the movie Dreamgirls). It was a moment! Plus, MaKenzie’s backstory as the girl who didn’t get a turn last season makes for an appealing underdog narrative.
1. Kirk Jay – Team Blake – Kirk cracked the Top 10 on iTunes last week with his emotional performance of Lonestar’s I’m Already There. Kirk’s earnest and honest delivery of country ballads is going help him go very very far–maybe even to the finals.
These Are the Top 11