Pictured: (l-r) Chevel Shepherd, Sarah Grace, Reagan Strange, Kimberli Joye, Kennedy Holmes, SandyRedd, Chris Kroeze, Dave Fenley, Lynnea Moorer, Kirk Jay, Makenzie Thomas, Tyke James, Deandre Nico — (Photo by: Trae Patton/NBC)
The Voice season 15 FINALS kick off on Monday (Nov 19). The Top 13 contestants will sing for your votes. On Tuesday (Nov 20) two singers will be eliminated. Ahead of the episode, let’s rate the contestants. Team Jennifer Hudson has the strongest team, while Team Adam Levine is the weakest. I’d rank Team Kelly Clarkson and Team Blake Shelton No 2 and 3 respectively.
Also, Lynnea Moore, who advanced to the finals via the digital show, The Comeback Stage, is arguably at a big disadvantage. It’s likely that most Voice viewers did not follow the show online, which makes Lynnea relatively unknown compared to the rest of the contestants.
Also, singers who needed to be saved by their coach are at a disadvantage. Relatively speaking that is–SandyRedd, who had to be saved by her coach, will rank higher than singers on every other team just because Team JHud is THAT strong.
13. Lynnea Moore – Team Kelly – Lynnea ended up on The Voice digital series The Comeback Stage after failing to turn a chair during the Blinds. But she was close. At the time, I thought she deserved at least ONE chair to turn. Which is to say, if she can bring her A game to the stage, she’s got a chance. However, she’s got a major lack of screen time to overcome, so she’s last on the power list for now.
12. Tyke James – Team Adam – For whatever reason, Adam has a dude crush on this 17 year old singer from Hawaii He passed over the very talented Kameron Marlowe, for this young singer. Maybe he figured Kameron’s style was too similar to Blake team members Dave Fenley and Chris Kroeze? Regardless, Tyke is not ready for prime time, and unless he puts together a fantastic performance, he’s a goner.
11. Reagan Strange – Team Adam – Reagan is a good singer, but will be overshadowed by fellow teens, Sarah Grace and Chevel Shepherd from Team Kelly, I’m afraid.
10. Kymberli Joye – Team Kelly – Kelly had to save Kymberli after America voted through her teen singers, Chevel and Sarah. I hope she lasts–this big voiced singer has sass and style and can nail a song without oversinging. Female R&B singers have a history of struggling on The Voice. However, Kyla Jade made it to the final on Team Blake last season, so we’ll see.
9. Dave Fenley – Team Blake – Blake had to save Dave, which was a little surprising. A road warrior with a heartfelt and earnest style, Dave could go far with the right songs.
8. Sarah Grace – Team Kelly – This 15 year old knows her way around a blues song. She’s totally got the chops, but being so young, many songs in the genre are outside her emotional depth. Song choice will be key for Sarah.
7. Chris Kroeze – Team Blake – I was surprised that America put Chris through instead of Dave Fenley or Michael Lee (well, in Michael’s case he chose the wrong song, but I digress…). However, one advantage Chris has is his versatility, Hc can go from a gritty blues song (Pride and Joy), to rock (Have You Ever Seen the Rain) to a country weeper (Burning House). Interesting song choices could keep Chris in the game.
6. DeAndre Nico – Team Adam – A four chair turn, Deandre is a superb soul singer, and the best performer on Adam’s team. But will that be enough to keep him in the competition?
5. Chevel Shepherd – Team Kelly – 16 year old Chevel is an old-school country singer with a ton of charm and authenticity. She’s a natural who could go far in the competition.
4. Kirk Jay – Team Blake – Kirk loves country music, and it shows. A heartfelt and emotional storyteller, his weakness is that he doesn’t seem very well schooled in the classics. Blake should sit down with Kirk and give him a crash course. Still, with the right songs, the singer could soar.
3. SandyRedd – Team Jennifer – Sandy is like a gale force wind when she takes the stage. The most exciting performer of all the finalists, she mixes rock and soul like a modern day Tina Turner. At this point, she seems unstoppable.
2. MacKenzie Thomas – Team Jennifer – MacKenzie’s is an old fashioned belter with a big range and exquisite phrasing. I’d like to see her update her sound a bit. But maybe it’s better not to fix a thing that doesn’t appear to be broken.
1. Kennedy Holmes – Team Jennifer – Only 13 years old, Kennedy’s preternatural poise and raw talent has made her a fan favorite. At this point, her performances are a little TOO polished. She’s still a young singer who hasn’t QUITE found her own style yet. Nevertheless, her beautiful tone and effortless delivery will help earn her a spot in the finals.
These Are the Top 13