‘The Voice’: Kelly Clarkson Celebrates Her Team After Field Narrowed to Top 13

by Amy Myers
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Kelly Clarkson is extremely proud of her remaining contestants on The Voice. Following the live playoffs, Team Kelly kept the trio, Girl Named Tom, Gymani, Jeremy Rosado and Wildcard Save, Hailey Mia. That means with four contestants still on her team, the pop star has a good chance at bringing home the season win.

Clarkson shared a photo of her newly narrowed team with her fans on Instagram, encouraging The Voice viewers to get excited for Dedication Week, easily the most emotional night of the season. The coach posed beside all of her contestants, each one smiling wide.

“Team Kelly!! See y’all next week for dedication week!” Clarkson captioned her post.

During Dedication Week, the remaining contestants will have the chance to dedicate their performances to someone special in their lives. This is also an opportunity for fans to learn a bit more about the people behind the voices and how they wound up on the big stage.

‘The Voice’ Contestant That Didn’t Make the Cut for Team Kelly

When Clarkson dropped the group photo of her contestants, one question filled the comments section: Where was Katie Rae?

Katie Rae has been a Team Kelly fan-favorite since her first audition when she sang Maren Morris’ “The Bones.” Last night, she delivered Horne’s “Stormy Weather.”

Check out her performance below.

We can understand the shock. After all, Katie Rae gave us grit, range, runs, clarity and projection. To fans of The Voice, it seemed pretty clear that the contestant would be a part of the Top 13. However, with such emotional performances like Gymani’s rendition of “Say Something,” perhaps Katie’s song just fell flat. Unfortunately, with such fierce competition, that extra effort can be the difference between the Top 13 and a flight home.

Hailey Mia Rounds Out Top 13 and Fills Last Spot on Team Kelly

Hailey Mia was another one that seemed to take the win even before she walked off the stage. Even The Voice live audience could hardly keep themselves contained during her performance of Olivia Rodrigo’s “Traitor,” and honestly, the contestant might give the pop star a run for her money.

Still, Mia, too, ended up in the Wildcard pool and had to sing for her life. Thankfully, though, the youngest contestant kept her place with her cover of Christina Perri’s “Jar of Hearts.”

Part of her success is because of the fact that Mia knows her voice so well. She’s consistently chosen songs that perfectly match her skills but aren’t so similar that she only sounds like a cover artist. The key to the game is mastering originality while also honoring the song’s emotional intent, and Mia does this flawlessly.

All of this is to say, don’t sleep on this contestant. She may be the next The Voice winner.

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