13-Year-Old Kennedy Holmes Turns All Four Chairs and Gets to Duet With Jennifer Hudson on “The Voice”

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As “The Voice” kicked off their blind auditions Monday night (Sept. 24), there was talent abound for each coach to make their mark. But it was Kennedy Holmes that had all four coaches vying for her talent.

Kennedy came to the stage to perform Adele’s “Turning Tables,” and immediately Adam Levine pressed his buzzer to turn his chair. Adam was then followed by Blake Shelton, Jennifer Hudson and Kelly Clarkson joining the fray.

After finding out Kennedy is only 13-years-old Blake said, “Let me be the first to thank you for coming to ‘The Voice’ because our ratings are going to shoot through the roof this evening,” Blake said.

“Damn,” was all Adam could muster.

“I think you are the best vocalist who has auditioned this year. Your voice already sounds so seasoned and accomplished. So much control, so much range. I don’t want you to get distracted by the fact that I’m a country artist and you’re the greatest artist of all time,” Blake added. “I want you to pick me as your coach so you can teach me to sing like that.”

But it was when Jennifer Hudson started speaking to young Kennedy, that she broke down in tears.

“One of my first performances I sang “I Am Changing” and I’ve dreamed to sing with you,” Kennedy said.

“I’m ready,” Jennifer replied. And then Jennifer got up to sing a duet of “I Am Changing” with the 13-year-old phenom. Kelly was in tears and the crowd erupted in applause as the two belted out the tune.

“Does that mean you’ll come to my team, Jennifer said after the duet. “You are so gifted. You are a star. It was an honor and a privilege just to sing with you.”

Needless to say, Kennedy picked JHud as her team coach.

 

Lisa Konicki
A New Yorker that made her way to the South, Lisa got her love of country music from her dad, who always played the classics. However, her love of fried pickles, a southern staple, came from Blake Shelton, who made her try her very first one. With 20 years experience in the music biz—previously at the helm of Country Weekly Magazine —Lisa loves to de-stress by going to the movies, playing and watching sports or just being outdoors.

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