‘The Voice’: Team Jennifer Hudson power rankings best to worst on eve of season 15 Top 24 live shows

Jennifer Hudson heads into the first live show of season 15 of “The Voice” with one of the strongest of the four teams. Compare this to last fall when the Oscar and Grammy winner made her debut as a mentor on season 13 of this reality-competition series. She proved to be unlucky in her rookie year, just missing out on a place in the final when Noah Mac was the last of the Top 8 to be eliminated.

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Will she have better luck this year? We have compiled a power ranking of the contestants now on Team Jennifer Hudson. These would-be winners are listed from best to worst based on: their reception in the knockouts, battles and blind auditions; the resulting sales of their tracks on iTunes; and the votes of viewers like you.

Take a look at the detailed bios of each of the six artists that she is taking to the live shows below. Then cast your vote in our poll at the bottom of this post as to which of these could win. And be sure to sound off in the comments section about Hudson and her time as a coach on “The Voice.”

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Kennedy Holmes
Age: 13
Hometown: St. Louis, Missouri
Resident: St. Louis, Missouri

Despite her age, Kennedy is no stranger to the spotlight. Kennedy is continuously showcasing her singing and dancing talent in various theater productions at The Muny, one of St. Louis’ most famous venues. Music came into Kennedy’s life when she would sing for her mom at just two years old. Kennedy sang Jennifer Hudson’s “I Am Changing” at her first public performance. As the youngest in the competition this season, Kennedy is beyond excited about the opportunity to sing for the coaches.

Age: 36
Hometown: Markham, Illinois
Resident: Matteson, Illinois

SandyRedd is inspired by her mom in everything she does. Her single mother was a singer and taught all eight of her children to embrace music. SandyRedd didn’t immediately pursue a singing career, as she became a mom herself at a young age. Tragically, SandyRedd’s mother lost her battle with lung cancer in 2006. SandyRedd realized that life is short and started to focus on her music as a dedication to her mother. “The Voice” is her big chance to take her career to the next level and show her sons that anything is possible.

Makenzie Thomas
Age: 20
Hometown: Wallingford, Kentucky
Resident: Wallingford, Kentucky

MaKenzie has returned to “The Voice” feeling more confident than ever. Unfortunately, MaKenzie did not make a team during the Season 14 Blind Auditions, but she took the coaches’ advice very seriously. She spent the last year refining her vocals, dispelling her nerves and performing with a gospel band called Elevated Praise to prepare for her second audition. “The Voice” is much more than an opportunity to advance her singing career. Often bullied for her physical appearance, MaKenzie aspires to use music to spread a positive and encouraging message to the younger generation.

Patrique Fortson
Age: 38
Hometown: Terre Haute, Indiana
Resident: Atlanta, Georgia

Patrique grew up in the music industry… quite literally. By the time he was six years old, Patrique had signed to a record label and became the youngest gospel recording artist ever. He spent two years touring the United States until the label suddenly went bankrupt. Patrique put music on a long pause as he pursued a career in the insurance industry. The discovery of R&B beyond his gospel roots reignited Patrique’s passion for music. He is now ready to fully pursue his dream of being a singer.

Colton Smith
Age: 21
Hometown: Albertville, Alabama
Resident: Nashville, Tennessee

Growing up in Alabama wasn’t always easy for Colton, as he struggled to meet the many expectations of being a stereotypical boy. From a young age, Colton knew that he was gay and was not openly accepted by his community. He turned to theater and songwriting to help process his emotions. It wasn’t until college that Colton gained a sense of freedom. With the support of his mom and stepdad, Colton feels “The Voice” is his platform to showcase his musical calling.

Franc West
Age: 38
Hometown: Cleveland, Ohio
Resident: Atlanta, Georgia

Franc spent his childhood watching his mother lead and direct the church choir. Inspired, he quickly learned to play the piano and drums, but didn’t discover his voice until joining the Navy. Franc infused music into his position as a cadence caller, making up songs instead of yelling the traditional “left, right, left” until he was honorably discharged. After nearly a decade of indie songwriting, recording and open mic nights, he moved to Atlanta to pursue music on a larger scale. His goal is to show his 12-year-old son how to pursue and achieve his own dreams.

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