Farmington teen advances to next round on 'The Voice'
FARMINGTON — Farmington resident Chevel Shepherd advanced to the next round on the NBC television show “The Voice” Monday night.
Local viewers only saw a brief bit of the 16-year-old Farmington High School junior’s competition against Team Kelly contestant Mikele Buck. A montage available on the network’s website and phone app gave a taste of her performance during a “Battle Round” during which they sang the 1983 George Strait hit, “You Look So Good in Love.”
In that part of the contest, two members of the same team are paired to perform the same song, then the coach must choose a winner among the two. The winner moves on to “The Knockouts,” where the coach’s roster gets trimmed again as performers sing solo and vie for their coach’s vote.
“Chevel, yeah, you’re adorable, but you also have a really rad voice,” said her coach, singer Kelly Clarkson during the video. “You’re unique.”
Buck congratulated Shepherd after she got the nod. Buck is a 39-year-old North Carolina resident who has spent 12 years touring with the Mikele Buck Band following his service in the U.S. Army, which included deployment in Iraq.
Shepherd’s journey on "The Voice" began in February 2017 and went public earlier this month when her “Blind Audition” taped in June ran on TV. The network had sworn her to secrecy about the results until the episode aired.
During the Oct. 1 episode, her performance of "If I Die Young" by The Band Perry stunned a panel of coaches that included Clarkson, Blake Shelton and Jennifer Hudson.