Even though he lost “The Voice” to Chevel Shepherd, Chris Kroeze is still “overjoyed” and “honored” to take second place on Season 15. “Thank you ‘The Voice’ for an amazing ride! It’s just the beginning everyone!” he tweeted shortly after NBC’s reality TV show wrapped for the season. Heading into the finale Chris was predicted to come in fourth place, but he beat the odds and wound up being the runner-up thanks in part to his small town support from Barron, Wisconsin.
When Chris first appeared on “The Voice” back in the blind auditions, he caused both Blake Shelton and Jennifer Hudson to turn their chairs around after his cover of “Pride and Joy,” but it was Blake’s team that Chris decided to join. That turned out to be the start of a months-long bromance between Blake and Chris that resulting in several longing looks and man-kisses.
With Blake as his mentor, Chris performed “Back in the High Life Again” in the battles, “Burning House” in the knockouts and “Have You Ever Seen the Rain?” in the playoffs. In the live shows he blew the roof off of “Let It Be,” “Long Train Runnin,'” “Callin’ Baton Rouge” and “Can’t You See,” never appearing in the bottom even once.
For the Season 15 finale all of the Top 4 artists were asked to perform three songs apiece, with Chris taking on Lynyrd Skynyrd‘s “Sweet Home Alabama” as his cover, “Human” as his original and “Two More Bottles of Wine” as his duet with coach Blake. Fans were mixed on which of these they liked the best, with “Sweet Home Alabama” and “Human” each earning 42% of the vote in our poll and “Two More Bottles of Wine” receiving 16%.
One theory for why Chris didn’t win “The Voice” is because Blake fans were split on who to vote for. Since Blake actually had two artists in the finale — Chris and Kirk Jay — supporters could’ve split the vote, allowing Chevel to come up and claim victory. Do YOU think Chris should have won “The Voice” Season 15? Give us your thoughts down in the comments section.