'The Voice' season 15: Kelly Clarkson might have been right about eliminated front-runner Sandy Redd
Sandy Redd, a frontrunner from the beginning of 'The Voice' season 15, was eliminated Tuesday, which leaves us with the question - was Kelly Clarkson right all along?
'The Voice' season 15 is getting tougher each week. And with the Top 13 reduced to the Top 11, we saw two contestants get eliminated on Tuesday. One among them was Sandy Redd from Jennifer Hudson's team. Which leaves us with one question - was Kelly Clarkson right all along?
Redd was known to be the frontrunner from the beginning of the show. And, after receiving a four-chair during the blind auditions, she chose Clarkson as her coach. But in the Battle Round, when she was set against Cody Ray Raymond, tables turned and Clarkson chose Raymond over Redd. Performing 'Cry To Me' by Solomon Burke, the stage was lit when Raymond and Redd began to perform. Both their voices complemented the song very well. And, when it came to the moment Clarkson had to choose a winner, she ended up choosing Raymond, which left everyone including the other judges in shock.
However, through the option of a steal, Redd then landed a spot on Hudson's team. But still, it wasn't all sunshine and rainbows for Redd throughout her performances. Starting from the Knockouts, she chose Ariana Grande's song 'Dangerous Woman' and that definitely was not her best performance which resulted in her losing that round, but she was saved by Hudson yet again. Maybe after that, Redd's nerves got the best of her. But still, not all hope was lost and Redd was still considered to be one among the contestants who would head straight to the finals.
During the Top 24 Live Playoffs, Redd chose to sing Mary J. Blige's 'No More Drama'. After the Top 24 Live Playoffs, when it came to the elimination round, Redd was not among the artists who were directly saved by fans but was saved by Hudson yet again and she made her way to the Top 13. And through all these performances of Redd, one thing seemed to be prominent, Clarkson's choice, that at first seemed a little bit too hasty, might have been the right decision after all.
During the Top 13 Live Playoffs, Redd performed her rendition of 'It’s So Hard to Say Goodbye to Yesterday,' which was dedicated to her mother who died of cancer. This performance was quite emotional and was much better than her previous performances. But, in my opinion, the news of her not being saved by the fans did not come as a surprise, especially after last week's first live performance. It seemed as if her performances kept going downhill as the show seemed to progress.
When it was announced Redd was among the bottom three artists, she chose to sing Imagine Dragon's 'Believer' for her instant save, but this time the choice was up to the audience and Hudson couldn't save her even if she wanted to. And, in my opinion, the audience did make the right choice of not saving her, not because of her voice but because of her song selection. Redd's voice is not meant for a lower note. Her raspy and bold voice is most suitable for a higher note and 'Believer' has a lot of low notes.
If you happened to have watched her performance, you would have noticed what seemed to me like she swallowing most of her words, losing her breath control due to low notes and failing to provide an impact the audience was looking for. This just adds to the theory that Clarkson was right all along and did make the right choice of choosing Raymond over Redd in the Battle Rounds.
Maybe Clarkson knew Redd's voice wasn't suitable for all notes and that she wouldn't make it too far into the reality competition series. Clarkson might just have what it takes to win the competition this season as well. And if she does win, this would make her the winner of two seasons in a row. Because if we take a look, Clarkson is currently in the lead and has 4 contestants in her team. While Hudson and Adam Levine are left with 2 each and Blake Shelton is left with 3.
Though Redd got eliminated Tuesday, this definitely does not mean the end for her. She will surely be back with a bang with her music and hopefully chooses the right songs with the right notes.