'The Voice' season 15: Kennedy Holmes channels her pop-soul voice with her original song
For the original song performances in 'The Voice' finale, Holmes sang 'Love is Free', Shepherd performed 'Broken Hearts', Kirk Jay sang 'Defenseless' and Kroeze performed 'Human'
After weeks of blind auditions, battle rounds, knockouts, and controversial eliminations, 'The Voice' season 15 has reached the final leg. There is barely a day left before one among the four finalists wins the title and is awarded a $100,000 record deal.
On Monday, the final four contestants — Kennedy Holmes, Kirk Jay, Chris Kroeze, and Chevel Shepherd — performed for your votes. Each of them had to perform three songs — a cover, a coach duet, and an original song. Over the weeks we have heard them perform various renditions of covers.
A major part about the finale was their original songs. It is almost like a benchmark that is needed to be set. Their original song performances might be the final step that proves they are ready to be the next star.
For their original performance, Holmes sang 'Love is Free', Shepherd performed 'Broken Hearts', Kirk Jay sang 'Defenseless' and Kroeze performed 'Human'. Each of their performance was good in their own way.
It was quite hard to decide who had the best original song but, in the end, among every other song, the one that stood out was Holmes' song 'Love is Free'. She is also the only pop-soul singer that is left in the competition. The upbeat tune of her song was not the only thing that stood out in her entire performance.
If we take a look at Jay's 'Defenseless' he definitely did sing right from his heart just like he did every week previously, but his stage presence was low. He needs to hit the high notes more often. It was almost like he was not sure of his own song. Because, for the most part of the first half of his song, he had his eyes closed and even swallowed words.
Holmes, on the other hand, had it in the bag with her confidence and stage presence. She owned her song just like how it was meant to be. She was not compared to the likes of Whitney Houston for no reason.
Her song 'Love is Free' was something that you would enjoy and it also shed out the message of body positivity. And by being the last pop singer standing in the competition she made use of that position to the utmost. Her notes are something she never misses. Her final performance was somewhat like a comeback after her semi-final performance. Using power notes is not something new for her, and showcases she is ready to step out and be the next star.
When it comes to predicting the winner, it isn't that easy, especially this season because the other contestants performed their best as well and the results depend on the voting. But, according to me, if the voting had to be based just on their original song performances, Holmes had it in the bag.