The finalists for Season 15 of The Voice were revealed on Tuesday night with all three of the remaining country artists sailing through to the final — providing interesting insight into the show’s core audience of voters. But that left some of the competition’s biggest vocal talents to battle for the last spot in a dramatic Instant Save situation.
Country singers Kirk Jay, Chevel Shepherd and Chris Kroeze were all voted through early on, and once gospel belter Kimberli Joye and bluesy singer Sarah Grace exited, that left teenaged pop performers Kennedy Holmes and Reagan Strange on the chopping block, up against Kentucky R&B diva MacKenzie Thomas — three artists who at various points in the season all seemed like frontrunners. It was 14-year-old Holmes who emerged victorious, dominating live Twitter voting after her effortless rendition of LeAnn Rimes’ “How Do I Live.” With plenty of space to display her skills and an earworm of a melody, Holmes prevailed over Thomas’ version of Patty Griffin’s “Up to the Mountain (MLK Song),” and Strange’s slow burning (and slow-moving) take on the Calling’s “Wherever You Will Go.”
Earlier in the night Michael Bublé appeared for an elegant, big-band style run through his new single “Where or When,” and actress/artist Hailey Steinfeld delivered a look at her propulsive new pop jam “Back to Life” — from the Bumblebee movie in which she also stars. Meanwhile, coach Jennifer Hudson offered a powerful statement of femininity with her track, “I’ll Fight,” taken from the headline-grabbing Ruth Bader Ginsberg documentary, RBG. Dressed in a black T-shirt which read “Nevertheless She Persisted,” Hudson sang the song flanked by dozens of other women in shirts with slogans like “Stand,” “Speak,” “Love” and “Unite.”
The final performances of The Voice Season 15 will get underway next Monday at 8 p.m. ET on NBC, and the ultimate winner will be revealed the following night.