When The Voice's most recent season came to a close, the lone contestant left standing was the smoky-voiced Tennessee native Chloe Kohanski, who wowed audiences all season long with a slew of female-fronted hits from the '70s and '80s. CinemaBlend spoke with the singer after her big victory, and when I wasn't finding out about her most nerve-wracked performances and her biggest frustrations from the show, I was learning lots of other fun details from Kohanski about how things went during and after The Voice's season. Let's start off focusing on one of the season's most controversial moments.
What It's Like To Switch Teams
While Chloe Kohanski started off her Voice season under Miley Cyrus' tutelage, everything changed during The Knockouts, as Cyrus chose to keep contestant Ashland Craft, meaning Kohanski was eliminated. Thankfully for all involved, Blake Shelton swooped in and saved her, unwittingly cementing yet another big victory for the country star. Out of curiosity, I asked Kohanski what it was like once she made the shift to Team Blake, as far as communication went with her former mentor.
In hindsight, everything Chloe Kohanski said there makes perfect sense. Not that anyone would likely have expected Miley Cyrus to continue offering Kohanski a ton of tips and motivational mantras after eliminating her. After all, Cyrus obviously had her hands full with Craft and her other singers. So even if it wasn't heavily frowned upon by The Voice producers and rule-makers, performers wouldn't ever really have a reason to talk to their former coaches anyway. Except, you know, about yoga and boyfriends.
Two Voice Coach Vets She Wants To Work With
For the Season 13 finale, Chloe Kohanski got to share the stage with Billy Idol for a rousing rendition of his hit "White Wedding." And if that performance was anything to judge her future by, we'll likely see Kohanski teaming up with other hitmakers in the coming years. During our chat, I told Kohanski that she seemed like a natural fit for a duet with Blake Shelton's significant other Gwen Stefani, and it turned out she was also into that idea, and more.
How's that for loyalty? Chloe Kohanski wasn't even being hammy or silly by saying she was just going to stick with Blake, whom she did get to join onstage during the season, so she knows how comfortable that experience is. But if she were to stray outside of Blake's sight-path, Kohanski would be down to work with both Gwen Stefani and Alicia Keys. After hearing Kohanski's original track "Wish I Didn't Love You," I can totally envision Kohanski and Keys knocking audiences dead together.
*Lots Of People Work Behind The Scenes To Calm Contestants *
Before heading to The Voice for Season 13, Chloe Kohanski wasn't a stranger to the music game, even if she hadn't exactly performed for millions and millions of people. However, many of those competing have zero experience with such matters, and are not at all accustomed to the erratic schedule and varying madness that comes along with weekly episodes. As such, I had to ask, beyond the vocal coaches, if the show employed people meant to coach contestants on how to keep their cool in front of huge crowds. Here's what Kohanski told me:
When I picture The Voice's backstage area, I picture a caffeine-infused anthill, complete with a cacophonous din making it impossible to concentrate. Of course, those are my own nerves talking, and I'm glad to know that The Voice has more than enough people in place to normalize life for the contestants during such a hectic and unpredictable situation. Especially since that situation can last for quite a while for the most successful performers. Without sleep or a familiar daily structure to adhere to, many people start to come apart at the seams, so while The Voice might be a more interesting experiment to watch without all of those dependable people keeping the peace, it's good they're there.
Waiting For Results Is Super-Stressful
Standing on stage and belting out a favorite song in front of The Voice's massive audience base is stress-inducing enough, but what about after the live episodes finish taping? Why, that's when all the contestants are forced to try and prepare for the next day's performance, even though everyone's minds are locked in on whether or not they'll get enough votes to remain on the show. I asked Chloe Kohanski how stressful things got when the only thing to do was wait on those results.
I'm certain that tons of Voice contestants have gone down mental black holes after attempting to forecast results using social media posts as a gauge. It's never wise to try and extract a solution when only one part of the data set is available, and watching Facebook and Twitter likely only serves as a distraction. Even if social media and iTunes numbers do reflect the final results, it's still probably more productive to look forward in preparation than to look back and second-guess things.
She's Not Interested In Being A TV Star
Even though Chloe Kohanski became the most recent Voice champ by showing off her vocal talents, there is no denying that she was often just as impressive from a visual perspective. She rocked a variety of eye-catching outfits, and her hairstyles and makeup were almost always something to marvel at. But just because she's as photogenic as a TV personality can get, that doesn't mean she's ready for a career on the small screen. When I asked about her post-Voice life, Kohanski did not sound eager to return to the visual medium.
Not that she'll be taking her time on The Voice for granted. Kohanski told me her life changed almost instantaneously after the finale, and that she was looking forward to the holiday time with her family as a way to decompress and reenergize herself so that she can capitalize on her successes all throughout 2018 and beyond. But even though we might see a couple of music videos for whatever upcoming singles she'll put out, Kohanski probably won't show up on TV anywhere else.
Check out what advice Chloe Kohanski has for future Voice contestants, and be sure to tune into Season 14 when it kicks off on NBC on Monday, February 26, at 8:00 p.m. ET. To see when other new and returning shows will debut, head to our midseason premiere schedule.
Nick is a Cajun Country native, and is often asked why he doesn't sound like that's the case. His love for his wife and daughters is almost equaled by his love of gasp-for-breath laughter and gasp-for-breath horror. A lifetime spent in the vicinity of a television screen led to his current dream job, as well as his knowledge of too many TV themes and ad jingles.
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