‘The Voice’ Coach Strategies and Who Could Win Season 15
Now entering the Top 11 week on The Voice, it’s becoming more clear who has a chance to win it all. Some favorites from the Blind Auditions are keeping their momentum while some new artists are emerging as front-runners. And each coach has their own strategy moving forward!
So let’s take a look at what those strategies are and who could take their coach to the end.
With only two remaining artists, Team Adam is surprisingly strong! He has four-chair turner DeAndre Nico and teenage vocalist and The Voice super-fan Reagan Strange left. While his team lacked the depth of other teams earlier this season, he has narrowed it down to some real contenders. His decision to take Tyke to the Top 13 might have been questionable, but I don’t know if Kameron or RADHA would have fared much better. Moving forward, I think Adam will let these two do their thing, as he usually does with his artists. Adam seems to always be encouraging and lets his artists take risks. His more hands-off approach to coaching can be a good or bad thing, depending on the artists. DeAndre seems to know his voice and who he is, so it works in his favor. But Reagan is still getting there.
The winners on Team Adam tend to be more experienced singers, like Tessanne Chin and Jordan Smith. Because of that, it seems like DeAndre Nico would have the edge here. He has been consistent with his song choices and performances since his Blind Audition. But it’s almost become predictable and unsurprising from DeAndre. So despite the usual trajectory of Adam’s artists, I feel like Reagan is actually emerging as the front-runner on his team. Viewers love a good “young female singer finding her voice” story after all. I could see Reagan making it far, maybe even to the Finale!
Kelly Clarkson had the advantage of having four artists in the Top 13, after Lynnea Moorer picked Kelly as her coach. Though Lynnea’s performance last week left her in the bottom three, I actually thought it was one of the better song choices. But that’s not a good sign for her. Team Kelly is the most strong in the sense that her artists are all similar to her. Kelly has roots in pop, soul, gospel, blues, and country, which basically covers her team’s strengths. She’s also been on a similar journey on another talent show (which must not be named) so she can share that wisdom. And going into next week, she still has four artists remaining. From a numbers standpoint, Team Kelly is the one to beat.
When it comes to who could take it all the way on Kelly’s team, Chevel Shepherd is probably the most likely option. Kelly wanted a country singer all throughout the Blind Auditions and finally got one when Chevel picked her as her coach. Chevel is the only female country singer in the competition at this point, which is a huge advantage for her. Lynnea’s days seem numbered, based on her bottom three finish last week, and the fact that Kymberli had to be saved by Kelly in the Live Playoffs doesn’t bode well for her. Sarah Grace is someone who I could see making it pretty far as well, but she doesn’t have the Finale appeal of Chevel.
I thought Jennifer Hudson had the strongest team going in to the Live Playoffs. Unfortunately, due to numbers, she had to get rid of Patrique Fortson, who I thought was one of the best vocalists this season. Then, her Coach Save, SandyRedd, somehow got eliminated. Not a good start for Team JHud. But luckily for JHud, the last two standing on her team, MaKenzie Thomas and Kennedy Holmes, are extremely capable of making it far. Jennifer has employed her usual strategy of choosing big vocals for her team, giving them shoe-throwing moments. Her two remaining artists have covered Mariah Carey, Adele, Beyonce, Jessie J, P!nk, and JHud herself! That is quite the range of powerhouse divas.
On JHud’s team, I expect both of these women to go far. Kennedy has been a front-runner since her four-chair turning Blind Audition and I don’t see that changing any time soon. MaKenzie, on the other hand, has emerged as a contender because of her sheer vocal ability and willingness to tackle big songs and artists. She reminds me of DaNica Shirey, who was the last woman standing on season 7 of The Voice. DaNica made it to the Top 8 her season, but failed to reach the Finale. I feel like MaKenzie may have a similar fate. However, Kennedy should be there in the Finale. Actually, I would be shocked if she wasn’t one of the last two standing. Let’s hope JHud can give her some more contemporary song choices to switch it up from last week’s pageant performance.
Team Blake is comprised of three male country singers. Is anyone surprised? Blake has been able to use his own experiences and expertise to his advantage this year with three artists who want to be just like him! Because of this, Blake’s team had a strong showing last week. However, at some point, the fact that all three of them are in a similar genre could work against them. Blake has to be careful to make sure each artists stays in his lane, because when he tries to give artists new or interesting song choices, it can easily go off the rails. This isn’t always the case though, as Sundance Head and Adam Wakefield both had some unconventional songs and still managed to do well with them, finishing in first and second, respectively, in their seasons.
This is Blake’s chance to win with another country artist! He hasn’t done that since season 11. I would say his best shot is Kirk Jay. Dave Fenley had to be saved into the Top 13, which isn’t a good sign. Chris Kroeze had his strongest performance of probably the whole season in the Live Playoffs. While this helped him get to where he is, he has to be able to keep it up to stay in the game. His voice also seems to be polarizing to viewers online. Kirk, oppositely, seems to be universally liked. And the fact that he’s an African-American country singer works in his favor too! It definitely makes him stand out from the rest of Team Blake. Plus, his voice literally speaks for itself. He is an early favorite to win it all at this point.