Stayin' alive: Chevel Shepherd makes top 11 on 'The Voice'
FHS junior survives another round of competition in quest for title
FARMINGTON — Farmington teenager Chevel Shepherd didn't have to endure much suspense during tonight's broadcast of the NBC-TV program "The Voice," as she was announced as a member of the top 11 group of competitors within the show's first 10 minutes.
Shepherd, a junior at Farmington High School, fared well enough in overnight public voting to survive another round of competition on the nationwide talent program. Shepherd performed a cover of Little Big Town's "Little White Church" during Monday's live broadcast from Universal Studios in Los Angeles, drawing a standing ovation from the judges, including her coach, Kelly Clarkson.
Even after advancing to next week's competition, Shepherd, 16, was back on the stage later in tonight's program, joining Clarkson and other members of Team Kelly for a performance of "I Will Always Love You," a song written and recorded by Dolly Parton in 1973 and covered by Whitney Houston in 1992 as part of the soundtrack for the film "The Bodyguard." The tune was a hit for both artists, and its inclusion in tonight's program seemed tailor made for Shepherd, whose voice has drawn numerous comparisons to that of Parton.
Only two performers out of 13 were eliminated during tonight's broadcast. Shepherd will be back on "The Voice" on Monday night to perform again, and she next will face possible elimination on Tuesday, Nov. 27 when the group of competitors is cut from 11 to 10.
Viewers will have several ways to participate in the overnight voting process for "The Voice" next week. They can download the program's app at nbc.com/Voiceapp, or they can go online to nbc.com/VoiceVote or Xfinity.com/VoiceVote. Viewers also can visit apple.com/apple-music/ and vote by streaming the music of the artist of their choice.
"The Voice" season continues through Dec. 17-18, with contestants eliminated each week. The group will be trimmed to four ahead of the final two episodes. The winner, who receives a recording contract, will be announced during the final episode.