Chevel Shepherd Wins the Voice
Chevel Shepherd could pull off the biggest upset in the history of “The Voice” and win season 15 over frontrunners Kirk Jay and Kennedy Holmes, according to 22% of the viewers of Monday’s finale. They give the edge to this talented teen from New Mexico because she is the only singer from Team Kelly Clarkson still in the competition. Those backing Chevel remember that coach Kelly is the reigning champ on “The Voice.”
After an incredible season it is now time to find out who will win it all. The artist in fourth place is…Kennedy Holmes. The artist in third place is…Kirk Jay. Whoa! What??? Chris or Chevel is The VOICE. We will find out after the commercial break.
The winner of Season 15 of “The Voice” is…Chevel Shepherd! Kelly Clarkson is a back-to-back coaching champ and remains undefeated. Chris Kroeze takes second place. I’m not shocked Chevel won and she’s a deserving champion. Kelly is a beast! Congrats to both. I am shocked Kirk placed third after being the front-runner for so long. I’m sure both him and Kennedy will have plenty of opportunities from this experience. Congrats to Chevel! She looks like a star.
The bulk of the two-hour show was filled with post-competition performances, where each finalist was paired with a special guest. Holmes and Kelly Rowland opened the festivities with "When Love Takes Over."
Jay followed with a full-circle Rascal Flatts performance of "Back to Life." Jay performed the group's "Bless the Broken Road" in his blind audition, earning chair-turns from all four coaches. And then it was Kroeze's turn to take the stage, performing "Long Train Runnin" with the Doobie Brothers. And Shepherd joined Dan + Shay to perform the duo's current hit, "Speechless."
Toward the end of the buildup, the show even slipped in a Target ad disguised as a performance of all four finalists singing "Round and Round."
Some eliminated contestants got another chance in the spotlight. MaKenzie Thomas, Kymberli Joye, Patrique Fortson and DeAndre Nico rocked Kirk Franklin's “Declaration (This is It).” Abby Cates, Reagan Strange and Sarah Grace gave viewers a "Million Reasons" to rethink their votes.
Throughout the show, there were guest performances from Marshmello and Bastille, Panic! At the Disco, John Legend and Esperanza Spalding, Dierks Bentley, Halsey, coaches Clarkson and Hudson, and Cartelli, who performed her new single, "Last Night's Mascara."
The winners were tallied throughout the season with fan voting through the show's mobile app, on Twitter, through iTunes downloads and Apple Music streaming.
The season wasn't free of controversy. The addition of the Comeback Stage added new contestant Lynnea Moorer after half the blind audition winners had been eliminated. Fans complained of the fairness of sliding in someone who hadn't made it through the initial round.
A few weeks later, coach Adam Levine urged voters to choose 14-year-old Strange over fellow teammate Nico during the Instant Save, even though Strange was too ill to perform. Nico, and fans, felt Levine "sold him out."
"The Voice" crowned its Season 15 champion Tuesday, and coach Kelly Clarkson repeated her winning ways with the 16-year-old from New Mexico she calls, "My country Tinkerbell."
Chris Kroeze, 27, from Barron, Wisconsin, and a fan-favorite throughout the season with huge overnight downloads, came in second place. Country singer Kirk Jay of Alabama came in third. Kennedy Holmes, the powerhouse R&B vocalist from St. Louis, in fourth place. Holmes, who turned 14 just over a week ago, is the youngest finalist ever on the show.
Earlier in the show, Clarkson vowed, "I'm going to be a sister for life. I'm going to try to make her dreams come true." With this win, her task likely will be easier, and Shepherd probably can count on her word. Clarkson is touring in 2019 with her Season 14 champ, Brynn Cartelli.
Back from break. They’re both shocked to still be in it. THE WINNER OF THE VOICE IS CHEVEL SHEPHERD OH HELlZ YES! Kelly Clarkson back to back wins. She’s the new Blake Shelton. HA HA.
WINNER! Chevel Shepherd
Second Place – Chris Kroeze
Third Place – Kirk Jay
Fourth Place – Kennedy Holmes