All week long “The Voice” fans have been making their Gold Derby predictions for who they think will win Season 16 and who’ll advance to the next round, and things are looking good for Jej Vinson of Team Kelly Clarkson. Following his fan-chosen performance of Nick Jonas & Tove Lo‘s “Close” during Monday’s Top 13 episode, this 22-year-old from Davao City, Philippines has 27/100 odds of being one of the eight artists to advance to next week. Do you agree or disagree with our readers’ racetrack odds? There’s still time to make or update your picks before Tuesday’s results show.
Rival coach Adam Levine raved, “Man, you know, I’ve always loved your voice. You were a huge favorite of mine from the beginning. I love your tone. It’s a really different-sounding voice. You’re very identifiable, like if I heard it on the radio I’d know it was you. You’re just one of those people who I always thought would be a ‘Voice’ winner. When [Kelly] said that about you being in the finale, I’ve always envisioned you in the finale as well, which is definitely a testament to your talent. You did a great job.”
Kelly proclaimed, “I think my favorite thing about you Jej is, yes you were a four-chair turn and it wasn’t just because you can hold down sustained notes and be a really big vocalist, but at the same time you have such style and grace with your runs. They’re not like too much, it’s so effortless. It just sounds angelic but like sexy as well. It’s so cool. I just think you have a such a great voice. I would be shocked if you weren’t in the finale.”
Team Kelly entered the Top 13 with only two artists remaining: Rod Stokes thanks to America’s vote and Jej thanks to Kelly’s save in the Top 24 round. Ironically, Kelly began Season 16 complaining that she had no male artists on her team and now she only has men remaining. Kelly’s four eliminated contestants last week were Rebecca Howell, Matthew Johnson, Abby Kasch and Presley Tennant.
In his “The Voice” live blog, our recapper John Benutty had this to say about the performance: “One bit of advice that Kelly gave him in rehearsals was to stick notes for longer periods than always falling back on the runs that he loves. For the performance Jej started out at the keyboard and then transitioned to a platform in the center of the stage which kept him apart from the crowd, but allowed him to make the ballad more intimate and really drive his deep vocal. I’m not sure he really connected properly with that song, but he did sound good!”
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