Kentucky won’t be repeating as The Voice champion this year.
Wilmore’s Jonathan Hutcherson, 16, lost his battle round to Moushumi Chitre, an Indian singer who left medical school to pursue music. The battles are the second round of competition on the hit NBC singing contest. Members of teams face off against each other, and the team’s coach selects the singer that will continue on the show.
The duo’s face-off to Ed Sheeran’s Photograph got an abbreviated airing — an enduring fan frustration with The Voice — as did a number of other auditions. At this writing, a complete version is not posted online. What we heard was that Chitre impressed coach Pharrell Williams with her “twinkling runs.”
Their duet is available to download on iTunes, as is Jonathan’s blind audition, One Direction’s You & I.
It was not a good evening to be named Jonathan on Team Pharrell as the other singer eliminated from the Virginia Beach-native’s team was University of Michigan medical student Jonathan Bach.
When we interviewed Jonathan Hutcherson last week at his family’s Wilmore home, the West Jessamine High School junior already knew his fate, but was contractually bound to not discuss it until it was revealed on air, and he did not. He did say that regardless of the outcome, being on The Voice was a positive experience.
“Even if nothing else happens from this, to be able to say I was on Season 10, Pharrell’s team, I will be happy,” Jonathan said, Wednesday.
Monday night, he posted congratulations to his battle round partner on Twitter:
Last season, Harlan County native Jordan Smith won The Voice in a record-breaking run, and he just released his debut album Friday.
Hutcherson was the only singer from Kentucky to make the field of 48 singers, this season.