Kelly Clarkson was thisclose to tying Blake Shelton’s ‘The Voice’ record from 12 seasons ago

Consider this: If Kelly Clarkson‘s last remaining artist Rod Stokes had ended up winning “The Voice” Season 16, Kelly would have tied Blake Shelton‘s long-standing record of three victories in a row. Alas, Rod was eliminated in last week’s results show after losing the live instant save to Andrew Sevener, which means Kelly now enters the finale without any artists left on her team. So Blake will remain in “The Voice” record books, at least for now, as the only coach to win three in a row for Season 2 (Jermaine Paul), Season 3 (Cassadee Pope) and Season 4 (Danielle Bradbery).

Over the past 12 seasons of NBC’s reality TV show, other coaches have tried to match Blake’s consecutive record, but only Kelly came the closest with two triumphs for Season 14 (Brynn Cartelli) and Season 15 (Chevel Shepherd). The only other coach to win thrice has been Adam Levine, but his victories weren’t in a row; he prevailed for Season 1 (Javier Colon), Season 5 (Tessanne Chin) and Season 9 (Jordan Smith).

Like Kelly, Adam comes into finale week without any artists to mentor thanks to the early eliminations of Mari and LB Crew. To compare, Blake has three of the four finalists (Gyth Rigdon, Dexter Roberts and Andrew Sevener) while new coach John Legend has one (Maelyn Jarmon). Who do you think will win among the Top 4? Be sure to make your predictions before the Season 16 finale.

Kelly’s bad luck began during the Live Cross Battles, when America got to choose who among the Top 24 advanced to the Finals and who was sent home. Kelly was looking good with six artists to her name, but then the voters surprisingly wiped out a whopping four of them (Rebecca Howell, Matthew Johnson, Abby Kasch and Presley Tennant). Rod was the only Team Kelly member to make it into the Finals based on America’s vote, while Jej Vinson earned Kelly’s save.

“Oh man, you guys, I just had no idea this was gonna happen,” Kelly said at the time. “I’m sorry y’all are here. I’m sorry I’m having to pick from practically my entire team but one person, so that makes it very difficult.” After being saved, Jej only made it one more week in the competition as he was voted out when the Top 13 became the Top 8. Then Rod Stokes was cut when the Top 8 was trimmed down to the Top 4.

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