“First of all, I’m extremely proud of you in every way,” Jennifer Hudson told her soul artist SandyRedd as she was eliminated during Tuesday night’s results show of “The Voice” Season 15. “I think you’ve handled yourself so well and I love the star that you’ve shown us that you are. I love how you’ve represented our city. I have to say ‘Stand up Chicago,’ I’ve gotta say that.” Watch SandyRedd’s final “The Voice” performance above.
Since JHud knows what it’s like to be eliminated from a reality TV show (she came in seventh place back in Season 3 of “American Idol”), she gave this profound advice to Bottom 3 contestants SandyRedd, Tyke James and Lynnea Moorer: “Remember … it doesn’t matter what happens right here, but it’s up to you to make it work. As long as you have your talent, your gift and your passion, you could always make it. So don’t let nobody tell you different and don’t let this be the end for any of you guys.”
SandyRedd’s performance on Monday’s live episode was “It’s So Hard to Say Goodbye to Yesterday,” which she dedicated to her mother who died of cancer. Fellow coach Blake Shelton said, “I love seeing that emotional side and I love JHud’s advice to you to keep in touch with that.” Jennifer echoed his thoughts, announcing, “It’s like a gift to be able to go that low. As a female vocalist it’s something extremely special. I was happy to hear it and I wanted to hear more of it.”
Once it was announced that SandyRedd, Tyke and Lynnea were this week’s Bottom 3 artists, SandyRedd decided to sing “Believer” as her Instant Save song. Even though SandyRedd was previously heralded for her low pitch, this version of the song seemed a bit too low even for her. Perhaps that’s why the live Instant Save audience decided to advance Lynnea to the Top 11, thereby sending home Tyke and SandyRedd.
In his “The Voice” live blog, our recapper John Benutty had this to say about SandyRedd’s Instant Save performance: “Like last night, SandyRedd’s song choice didn’t suit her voice and the verses didn’t provide enough of an impact. She is clearly a passionate performer and can belt a big chorus, but without the foundation of a well-sung verse she just comes off as uneven. I think that’s why she’s had a tough time connecting with the audience.”
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