The Journal Gazette
Wednesday, December 20, 2017 1:00 am

Addison Agen places 2nd in 'The Voice'

COREY MCMAKEN | The Journal Gazette

Local teen Addison Agen was named the runner-up on Season 13 of "The Voice" as results were announced in a live episode Tuesday night.

The winner was 23-year-old Chloe Kohanski of Nashville. Kohanski and Agen have consistently been at the top of the rankings during the fan-voting portion of the season.

During Tuesday night's finale, Agen performed "Don't Know Why" with Grammy-winning artist Norah Jones. The episode featured all of the season's top eight singers taking the stage with established music acts as well as stand-alone performances from artists such as Charlie Puth, incoming "Voice" coach Kelly Clarkson and Season 12 winner Chris Blue.

In a segment midway through the live broadcast, the top four singers were presented with new cars from show sponsor Toyota. A shocked Agen, 16, remarked that she doesn't even have her driving permit yet.

With 10 minutes left in the finale, the top four made their way back to the stage where the field was narrowed to two with the elimination of Red Marlow and Brooke Simpson. After a commercial break, the show returned with Agen and Kohanski holding hands. After host Carson Daly announced the winner, Agen hugged and congratulated Kohanski as streamers covered the "Voice" stage.

Agen is the daughter of Morrison Agen, owner of Neat Neat Neat Records & Music on South Calhoun Street, and Kristine Agen, a music therapist and teacher at IPFW. She is a junior at Concordia Lutheran High School.

In a pre-recorded segment Tuesday, Addison Agen showed love for her mother, who has been with her in Los Angeles during the show.

"Having my mom here has been the greatest thing," she said. "I would never be able to be here without that amazing support."

Agen's "Voice" journey began almost a year ago. In her Blind Audition, in which the season's four coaches listen to performances with their backs turned to the stage so the singers are judged only on their voices, she convinced Miley Cyrus and Adam Levine to turn their chairs around for her rendition of "Jolene."

After hearing pitches from Cyrus and Levine, Agen chose to join Cyrus' team. The episode aired Oct. 2.

After the Blind Audition, Agen came home before heading to Los Angeles where several more rounds of eliminations were pre-taped.

In a Battle round that aired Oct. 23, Agen sang "Girls Just Want to Have Fun" against Karli Webster, who won the round. Agen was eliminated from Cyrus' team, but that wasn't the end of the road for Agen. Each coach has able to "steal" an eliminated singer and Levine swooped in to bring Agen over to his team for the rest of the competition.

Agen next appeared in a Knockout episode Oct. 30. She performed "Beneath Your Beautiful" to win her faceoff and advance to the Playoff round where she sang "Angel from Montgomery" to secure a place among the season's top 12 in the live episodes.

After spending a few weeks at home, Agen returned to Los Angeles to begin work on the live episodes, which began airing Nov. 20. In the live episodes, viewers vote for the artists they want to see advance to the following week.

Each time, Agen's song of the week has been in the top 10 on the iTunes, which gave her vote totals a bump and helped her reach the top eight semi-finals Dec. 11. A performance of "Both Sides Now" secured her a spot in the top four finals, which began on Monday.

In the finals, each of the top four performed a cover, a new single and a duet with their coach. For her cover, Agen was brought to tears while performing "Humble and Kind," originally released by Tim McGraw in 2016. Agen also teamed up with coach Adam Levine for Glen Hansard and Markéta Irglová's "Falling Slowly" before debuting "Tennessee Rain."

"Tennessee Rain" was No. 1 on iTunes when voting closed at noon Tuesday. This week's viewer votes as well as the cumulative number of streams on Apple Music and song downloads on iTunes outside the season's weekly voting windows were included in deciding who would be victorious in the NBC singing competition.

Levine has repeatedly said he feels Agen is inspiring, especially to young women, and he continued the theme Monday night after her performances.

"I have a daughter. I have another daughter on the way," he said. "I can't imagine a better example or aspirational human being than Addison."

In an interview this month with The Journal Gazette, Agen said that regardless of how she placed in "The Voice," she would be working on a new album after the show. She previously released "New Places" in 2016 and already has enough songs for another album, but her experiences on "The Voice" have given her a lot of new ideas.

"Hopefully when I get home, I'll have some time to just sit down, relax and write," she said.

Agen also said she hoped there would be a tour in the summer.

In a series of Instagram videos over the weekend, Agen thanked her fans for being with her from the beginning and said all the hard work on "The Voice" has been worth it.

"Either way – if I win or if I come in fourth place – my life has changed so much in such a positive way," she said.

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