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Kennedy Holmes '23

December 19, 2018

Kennedy Holmes '23 appeared in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch on 12.19.18, and in other media outlets (see below) after last night's finale on The Voice — she is the youngest-ever contestant, and the only contestant from St. Louis, to make it to the show's finals: "Florissant teenager Kennedy Holmes finished fourth on TV's "The Voice" tonight during the season 15 live finale on NBC.The results were revealed at the end of the two-hour show after a slew of performances from Rascal Flatts, John Legend, Halsey, Panic! at the Disco, Bastille and Marshmello, the Doobie Brothers, previously-eliminated contestants and Kennedy herself, who performed “When Love Takes Over” with Kelly Rowland. Chevel Shepherd was named the winner of “The Voice; Chris Kroeze placed second, and Kurt Jay placed third. All of her competitors are country singers. Kennedy is R&B/pop Kennedy, 14, has the distinction of being the first St. Louis area singer to make it to The Voice finale, and the youngest ever to make it to the finale. On social media, she thanks fans for their love and support. Kennedy had advanced from the semi-finals to the finals last week with the lowest amount of votes, so her landing in fourth in the finale was possibly foreshadowed. Still, it's easy to see post-Voice success for her. Watching her on the show the last three months, she exuded a naturalness, likability and a mass appeal that should take her nearly anywhere she chooses to go. Kennedy entered the competition clearly ready to sail to the top, coming off more poised and professional than some of those more than twice her age. From the beginning, when we saw the then 13-year-old belt out Adele’s 'Turning Tables,' there was no doubt she was an early forerunner. Since then, she often chose big songs to remind us of her big vocals, taking on the likes of Beyonce, Whitney Houston and Pink. But when it came time to let her hair down, Kennedy was more than ready, coming with full choreography and more first during Meghan Trainor's 'Me Too,' and then on Monday show with her show-closing and show-stopping version of Demi Lovato's 'Confident.' Kennedy's coach, Jennifer Hudson, compared her to Beyonce after Monday's performance. Congratulations to Kennedy, and best of luck with whatever is next." See the article here, including links to the Post's coverage of Kennedy's performances throughout Season 15 of The Voice.

See also

St. Louis American, 12.19.18
KMOX, 12.19.18
KSDK, 12.19.18
KSDK, 12.18.18
KSDK, 12.17.18
People, 12.17.18
Yahoo! Entertainment, 12.18.18