Whitney Fenimore, Noah Mac & Kathrina Feigh talk 'The Voice' -- Being stolen and getting a second chance
By Elizabeth Kwiatkowski, 10/20/2017
Whitney Fenimore, Noah Mac and Kathrina Feigh made it through The Voice's Battle Round by being stolen.
Whitney, a 28-year-old from Tulsa, OK; Noah, a 17-year-old from Dublin, CA; and Kathrina, a 24-year-old from Quezon City, Manila, Philippines, who moved to the U.S. around age 10, all switched teams during "The Battle Round" after losing their respective face-offs and joining an opposing coach's team.
Now that these artists have advanced past their Battles, "The Knockout Round" will be next.
During a recent conference call with reporters, Whitney, Noah and Kathrina shared their experiences with being stolen artists on The Voice. Below is what they had to say.
For Adam's team, Whitney was paired with Adam Pearce, a 31-year-old from New Orleans, LA, to sing "Stop Draggin' My Heart Around" by Tom Petty and Stevie Nicks. Although Adam declared Pearce winner of the Battle, both Blake and Miley wanted to steal Whitney. After hearing what both coaches had to say, Whitney became a new member of "Team Miley."
Whitney Fenimore: I was completely shocked that I was getting stolen. I do remember -- I mean, the thoughts going through my head when [Adam Pearce] won, I was obviously so proud of him. We are legitimate friends, but I was also just, like, crushed because I thought that was the end of the road for me for the competition.
But then I saw Adam was talking and trying to give me his like -- you know, he was trying to encourage me. And then out of the corner of my eye, I see Miley and Blake looking at each other and kind of like counting down. And in that moment, I was like, "Oh my gosh. They're going to steal."
And so in that moment, I knew, and I got so excited. And then when they did it, I was so overwhelmed with emotion and so excited to have the opportunity to be stolen.
I decided on Miley because she turned for me in the [Blind Auditions]. And the words that she told me in the Blind, it really seemed like she hit the nail on the head with who I was as an artist. And so, I felt like I had to go with her. She really called me out for what I was.
She was like, "I feel like you've got a bit of country, but you're not country. You've got some rock in you," and she really wanted to see where we could go.
So I thought it would be fun, and I thought she would really pull me out of my comfort zone and make me do things that I wasn't always, you know, going to be comfortable doing, but I thought that that would be good for me and the full competition is about growing as an artist. So I thought that was the best decision for me.
On behalf of Blake's team, Noah and Keisha Renee, a 30-year-old backup singer for Nicki Minaj from Las Vegas, NV, performed "I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry" by Elvis Presley for their Battle. Blake named Keisha the winner, but then Jennifer stole Noah.
Noah Mac: I mean, when he told us that that was going to be our song, it definitely took me by surprise. You know, I'm not in any way country, but I saw it as a great opportunity, one, to sing with somebody as amazing as Keisha, and she would kind of step out of my comfort zone.
It was nerve wracking to go that far outside of what I usually do, but I think in the end, it was just a great opportunity... [And] you know, I have to say, I had [being stolen] in the back of my mind [after the Battle]. You know, I was just praying that somebody would steal.
And as soon as I stepped past Adam's chair, it was like all of that hope that somebody might turn around was gone, and I kind of accepted it. And as soon as I accepted that moment for what it was, was when she hit her button and it was just complete surprise and shock.
And I couldn't tell you how happy I was in that moment. You know, I'm surprised that I got a button, you know, at all. But I'm really happy that it did come from Jennifer.
I went into this competition really wanting Jennifer as my coach. In the Blinds, Blake had a way with words and he ended up getting me to want to be on his team, but in the end, I'm so glad that I'm with Jennifer.
Jennifer partnered Kathrina with Chris Weaver, a 29-year-old worship leader and drag queen from Freeport, NY, for a performance of "Dangerous Woman" by Ariana Grande. Chris may have won the match-up, but Blake decided to steal Kathrina for his own team.
Kathrina Feigh: I'm honestly still shocked. Well, at that moment, I really just accepted what was happening and, you know, I'm so proud of Chris and we worked so hard to really put that together, which was a really difficult challenge for both of us.
But at that moment, I was very accepting and, you know, I was praying and that if this is what God really had meant for me, I trust in Him. So it's very shocking because I really didn't expect for him to steal me.
And I just really thought I was going home. So I literally had a whole crying face last night that I was just really -- I was like, "Oh my God, that's literally everywhere now." But I'm just so happy and, you know, it's such a blessing to still be on the road.
I was very surprised [Blake pushed his button], but also he turned around for me during the Blind. So I was very happy that he still believed in me at that moment and he really saw something in me that he didn't want to send me home and he wanted to put me in his team. So I'm so thankful for him.
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