Chloe Kohanski Looks Back On Her Time at The Voice With Coach Blake Shelton
As the fall 2018 season of The Voice begins, Season 13 champion Chloe Kohanski is looking back on her time on the show nearly a year after her big win.
In a recent interview with Parade, the 24-year-old singer looked back on her journey as a contestant on the show, highlighting her work with coach Blake Shelton. After getting dropped from Miley Cyrus‘ team, Chloe chose to join Team Blake over being mentored by Jennifer Hudson.
“I picked Blake and it was the best decision I ever made. We rode the wave all the way to the end and I wouldn’t trade it for the world.”
Shelton echoed these sentiments wholeheartedly.
“Chloe’s Blind Audition was a great precursor to what her journey on The Voice was going to be. She was this girl with an edgy, gravely sounding voice who ended up finding out America wanted to hear more and more of that. She was a lot of fun to work with.”
While Blake genuinely seemed to enjoy coaching Chloe to victory, it has to be noted that, like a lot of the other winners of The Voice, Chloe hasn’t been able to break into the industry the way many winners and finalists from other talent competition shows such as American Idol, The X Factor, and America’s Got Talent have. The coaches on the show are all about helping their contestants win, but they don’t often seem to continue to be invested in them after their time on the show. It makes the contestants seem like little more than means to an end (the end being a victory) for the coaches rather than people with legitimate long-term potential in the music industry.
One coach who has been great at aiding their winning contestant after the show is Kelly Clarkson. Since her team member Brynn Cartelli won Season 14 back in the spring, the first-time winning coach (who, might I add, was victorious on her freshman season of the show) Kelly has invited her on tour next year (which will also feature country singer and “fifth coach” on The Voice Kelsea Ballerini.
This kind of continued exposure should be good for Brynn’s career, and I’d love to see The Voice‘s coaches do things like this for the artists they mentor after the show. I really appreciate how serious Kelly seems to be taking that aspect of her coach role, and I’m not gonna lie, this has me hoping she’ll be the one to win Season 15 so she can give another aspiring music star a career boost!
You can catch Kelly, Blake, and the other coaches on The Voice as it airs on NBC every Monday and Tuesday night throughout the rest of the fall at 8/7c.