‘The Voice’ finale spotlight: Chloe Kohanski poised to become Blake Shelton’s 6th champion

When Chloe Kohanski chose to join Team Miley Cyrus after a stunning blind audition of “The Chain,” it seemed like the perfect match — two genre-breaking female artists with fearless style and unique voices ready to make Miley’s “all female” team the winning squad. But then Miley pitted Chloe against Ashland Craft in the Knockouts and despite delivering another stellar Fleetwood Mac cover of “Landslide,” Miley chose the country artist over the still emerging rocker. And that’s when everything changed for Chloe — Blake Shelton used his steal to bring her over to his team (Jennifer Hudson tried, too, but Chloe picked Blake) not yet knowing that he had just made the best decision of the season.

After stealing Chloe in the Knockouts, Blake was faced with the unbearable decision all the coaches faced in the Playoffs–take your team of six and cut it in half. As the latest artist to join Team Blake, Chloe’s chances of unseating three artists he’d worked with for a few weeks already seemed slim. But under his guidance and perhaps because of the pressure, Chloe swung for the fences and scored her first of what would become several home runs. In the Playoffs Chloe sang Cyndi Lauper‘s “Time After Time,” proving for the first time that she was truly an artist. For me, when Chloe came out for this performance with slicked back hair, glitter on her eyelashes and a thick silver choker, she looked like a star — looking back, it is clear that at the time Chloe had made a conscious decision to provide input into her styling for each performance and since then has developed a clear image of the type of artist and performer she will become after the show.

With that iconic performance, Blake surprised himself and kept Chloe over some of his other artists and from there the stage was set. In the live shows she quickly grew into one of the season’s frontrunners, improving upon her prior performances each week — she went from “Thank You” in the Top 12 to her season-defining performance of “Total Eclipse of the Heart” in the Top 11 which earned her her first #1 on the iTunes singles chart. Next were her #4 charter “Call Me” and her Top 8 performances of “I Want to Know What Love Is” (#1) and a Noah Mac duet of “Wicked Game” (#3).

Chloe’s journey in the competition has been a slow, but steady rise to the top, bolstered by an impeccable selection of song choices. From Fleetwood Mac to Blondie to Foreigner, Chloe’s vision of the artists’ footsteps she’s following has never wavered. Next to a young folk artist, a power ballad pop singer and a traditional country vocalist, Chloe heads into the season 13 finals as THE rock artist of the season, well on her way to becoming a legitimate rock STAR!

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