The Best of The Voice Season 13

The Best of The Voice Season 13

With the end of the current season, and a new winner is announced, it is time to look back through the season, and remember some of the best performances of season 13 of The Voice.
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Alright, this was the first season of The Voice that I watched from episode one until the finale in its entirety, and if it is anything like Season 13, then honestly, what have I been missing? Between the two new coaches for this season, Miley Cyrus and Jennifer Hudson (yes, you read that right), the guest appearances, and the incredible new, raw talent that is yet to be discovered, I was instantly hooked.

For seasons before, I would watch maybe an episode or two, maybe listen to a song here or there, but I never really watched a full season religiously. But this season simply blew me away. Each artist brought something that another didn't complimenting another just perfectly, I didn't know what they couldn't do. I can honestly say I have no idea how the judges do what they do, because eliminating some of these singers would have probably killed me.

Now that the season is over, and a new winner has been chosen, it's time to reflect on the season that has just passed. If you didn't watch, here is a list of the best performances. If you did watch, see if my list of favorites matched yours!

If you are unfamiliar with The Voice and its rounds, Click Here for an explanation of each round.

Below is a list of each round on The Voice, and which songs I thought were best from that episode (in no particular order), and one performance that I thought completely won that round.

*** WARNING *** Spoilers are below for Season 13 of The Voice!!!

1. The Blind Auditions

Dave Crosby, "I Will Follow You Into The Dark"

Yes, this is the man that sings with his daughter, and yes, he is AMAZING! This sounds so similar to the original, it's honestly a little scary.

Ashland Crafter, "You Are My Sunshine"

Growing up to this song, I loved seeing a new, country version of it, that definitely took my on a nostalgic ride.

Keisha Renee, "I Can't Stop Loving You"

I can't even describe how much I love Keisha’s voice. She made me fall in love with country all over again with her amazing voice.

Ignatious Carmouche, "Latch"

As the winner of The Voice on Snapchat (yeah, apparently that is a thing), he was given the chance to audition for the real show. His take on Sam Smith’s “Latch” had me the second he started, and I still listen to this.

Chloe Kohanski, "The Chain"

From the very start you could tell Chloe was going to go far, her voice was so unique to her, no wonder she got a four person turn.

Addison Agen, "Jolene"

This girl is literally only 16 years old. I'm sorry, did you hear that voice and think 16 years old? No, you didn't. Addison has such an incredible voice, it's hard to understand how she only got a two person turn.

Winner: Brooke Simpson, "Stone Cold"

Although this song is done so often on competition shows, Brooke easily takes the win for best blind audition for this season. It is obvious why she got the first four chair turn, her voice is totally her own, and it was obviously an amazing choice for her.


2. The Battle Rounds

Hannah Mrozak and Brandon Showell, “Cold Water”

Mitchell Lee and Dennis Drummond, “Mr. Jones”

Karli Webster and Addison Agen, “Girls Just Want to Have Fun”

Emily Luther and Gary Carpentier,“Send My Love (To Your New Lover)”

Winner: Keisha Renee and Noah Mac, “I’m So Lonesome I Could Cry”

I was simply taken away with the beauty of their voices together, and never wanted it to end. I hope at some point they make music together, because this was perfection.

3. The Knockouts

Karli Webster, “Blue Bayou”

Brooke Simpson, “You Make Me Feel Like A Natural Woman”

Mitchell Lee, “I’ll Be”

Noah Mac, “Hold Back the River”

Moriah Formica, “Behind These Hazel Eyes”

Whitney Fenimore, “Calling All Angels”

Addison Agen, “Beneath Your Beautiful”

Winner: Keisha Renee, “I Hope You Dance”

Keisha is such an amazing singer, who breathes new life to country music. Her sound is unique, and she proves herself each week.

4. The Playoffs

Noah Mac, “In the Air Tonight”

Keisha Renee, “Love Can Build a Bridge”

Jon Mero, “When We Were Young”

Addison Agen, “Angel From Montgomery”

Brooke Simpson, “It’s a Man’s Man’s Man’s World

Winner: Chloe Kohanski, “Time After Time”

A classic for every singing competition, "Time After Time" was the perfect song for Chloe. She nailed it, proving yet again how amazing she is.

5. The Lives, Week One

Brooke Simpson, “Praying”

Noah Mac, “Speed of Sound”

Winner: Addison Agen, “She Used to Be Mine”

I mean I think at this point it was obvious how amazing she was, but she nailed this incredibly beautiful song perfectly, gaining recognition from Sara Bareilles herself! I honestly hope when she's older I can see her on broadway.

6. The Lives, Week Two

Brooke Simpson, “What About Us”

Chloe Kohanski, “Total Eclipse of the Heart”

Red Marlo, “The Dance”

Winner: Noah Mac, “Electric Love”

He literally composed the entire band to how he wanted it. He proved himself not only as a singer for this song, but also an artist who is ready to release new music.

7. The Lives, Week Three

Keisha Renee, “All By Myself"

Addison Agen, “Lucky”

Winner: Brooke Simpson, “Amazing Grace”

Brooke's rendition of this classic proved just how powerful of a vocalist she was, and that she can do any time period of music, not just new music that is currently on the radio.

8. Semifinals

Addison Agen, “Both Sides, Now”

Brooke Simpson, ”Faithfully”

Chloe Kohanski and Noah Mac, “Wicked Game”

Winner: Chloe Kohanski, “I Want to Know What Love Is”

Another classic that everyone knows (or should know!), Chloe delivers yet another breathtaking rendition with her unique voice that instantly draws you in.

9. Finals

In all honesty, every single performance from this episode was simply outstanding. The Final Four took me places I never expected them to.

The songs with a * means that it is their original song.

Addison Agen, “Humble and Kind”

Addison Agen and Adam Levine, “Falling Slowly”

Chloe Kohanski, “Wish I Didn’t Love You*”

Chloe Kohanski and Blake Shelton, “You Got It”

Red Marlo, “To Make You Feel My Love”

Red Marlo, “I Pray*”

Brooke Simpson, “What is Beautiful*”

Brooke Simpson, “O Holy Night”

Winner: Addison Agen, “Tennessee Rain*”

Addison, as a reminder, is only 16 years old! The power she has over her voice is jaw-dropping, especially for her age! Her original I have been listening to on repeat for the past week, and I honestly don't plan on stopping until I get a whole album. She is only a junior in high school, so I can't wait to see where she goes from here!

Congratulations to Chloe for winning this season, she truly deserves it. I can’t wait to hear more from all the artists from this season, because I know that there is no way this is the end for any of them.

I hope you enjoyed this list, and the music here!

Cover Image Credit: NBC

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Sorting at Hogwarts is a big deal. Being sorted into a house is essentially being placed into a family while you are away from home learning about witchcraft and wizardry. Your house is made up of the people you will live with, go to classes with, play Quidditch with and everything in between. You basically spend 24/7 with them. Your Hogwarts house is your home away from home.

When you get sorted into a house, it is based on your personality traits. The people in your house are typically like-minded people who display the same characteristics as you.

When you’re a first year at Hogwarts, the minute you set foot in the castle you are swept into the Great Hall to have the ancient Sorting Hat placed on your head. This Sorting Hat decides which “family” you’ll be spending your seven years with.

For some, it is very obvious which house they will be in, due to certain personality traits they possess. For others, they may exemplify traits that fit a multitude of houses and are uncertain where they may end up.

To find out where you belong, you can take the official "Harry Potter" Sorting Hat quiz at Pottermore.com. For all you muggles out there, these are the characteristics that the houses possess and what your house says about you:

Gryffindor: The house of the brave, loyal, courageous, adventurous, daring and chivalrous. Those who stand up for others are typically Gryffindors. Brave-hearted is the most well-known Gryffindor characteristic, and Gryffindors are also known for having a lot of nerve.

Gryffindors are people who hold a multitude of qualities alongside the ones listed, making them a very well-rounded house. People who are Gryffindors are often people who could fit nicely into another house but choose to tell the sorting hat they want Gryffindor (there's that bravery). "Do what is right" is the motto Gryffindors go by.

Being a Gryffindor means that you're probably the adventurous and courageous friend, and you are usually known for doing what is right.

Ravenclaw: The house is known for their wisdom, intelligence, creativity, cleverness and knowledge. Those who value brains over brawn can be found here. Ravenclaws often tend to be quite quirky as well. "Do what is wise" is the motto they strive to follow.

Though Ravenclaws can be know-it-alls sometimes, they most likely do know what the wisest decision is.

If you are known for being the quirky friend, the smartest in the group or just great at making wise decisions, you're definitely a Ravenclaw.

Hufflepuff: This house values hard work, dedication, fair play, patience, and loyalty. Hufflepuff’s are known for being just and true. "Do what is nice" is their motto.

Hufflepuff is known as the “nice house” and believes strongly in sparing peoples feelings and being kind. This is not to say that Hufflepuffs aren't smart or courageous. Hufflepuffs just enjoy making others happy and tend to be more patient towards people.

If you ever find that you are too nice for your own good and cannot bear to hurt someone’s feelings, congratulations, you are a Hufflepuff.

Slytherin: This is the house of the cunning, prideful, resourceful, ambitious, intelligent, and determined. Slytherin's love to be in charge and crave leadership. "Do what is necessary" is the motto of this house.

Slytherin is a fairly well-rounded house, similar to the other houses. They are loyal to those that are loyal to them just as Gryffindors are and are intelligent as Ravenclaws.

Slytherin house as a whole is not evil, despite how many dark wizards come out of this house. That is merely based on the choices of those wizards (so if your friend is a Slytherin, don’t judge, it doesn’t mean they are mean people). Slytherins do, however, have a tendency to be arrogant or prideful. This is most likely due to the fact that everyone in Slytherin is exceedingly proud to be there.

What Hogwarts house you’re in says a lot about the person you are, the traits you possess and how you may act in some situations. But in the end, your house is really just your home that is always there for you. Always.


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