Reagan Strange Performs Faith Hill's 'cry' In Top 10
Every person on the patio at Brookhaven Pub and Grill on Monday was wearing a button that said “#teamreagan.”
The same was happening at Kooky Canuck Downtown, Buffalo Wild Wings in Bartlett, Buffalo Wild Wings in Olive Branch and Fifth Street Pub in Perrysburg, Ohio, as fans gathered to watch Reagan Strange perform in the Top 10 on "The Voice."
All five televisions on the patio at Brookhaven were tuned to NBC despite the Monday night NFL game on ESPN. Last week, Memphis was the No. 1 market for the show.
Strange performed second following Kennedy Holmes, the youngest contestant on the show. Strange took the stage in a shimmery maroon jumpsuit.
Smoke filled the stage that was illuminated by blue lights as she sang "Cry" by Faith Hill. Strange used the range of the song, belting out and holding high notes.
In clips before her performance, Adam Levine, her coach on the show, said the song by Hill felt "really right."
All her family members stood as they watched her perform Hill's song a half-step higher than written. Her stepfather, Todd Kucinski, wiped tears from his eyes at the end of the performance.
"I want to cry because you didn't pick me as your coach," Blake Shelton said to Strange following her performance. "I'm still not over that."
Shelton complimented the way Strange hit the low notes and the high notes in the song.
Kelly Clarkson called it Hill's "rangiest" song and complimented the performance, but said she was most impressed with how Strange captured the emotion of the song.
"It wasn't even your big soaring notes that I love about you most," Clarkson said. "What I love about you most is something that can't be taught because you're so young ... how you express emotion, you can't teach people, and it's a really beautiful thing you innately have. It's my favorite part of you."
Levine complimented the way she captured the audience.
"When you get up there and sing, you just command the attention of everybody in the room with no distraction, with no other things going on other than the purity and simplicity of your beautiful voice," Levine said. "And that's something that I feel should always be rewarded on this show the most, and I am nothing but proud of you."
Strange had a support system watching her at Brookhaven Pub and Grill. Her grandparents, her stepdad, her dad, her brother, Brock, and many friends cheered her on.
One family friend at Brookhaven was Janet Sappington. Sappington has known Strange since she was small. She watched Strange sing at church, in children's choir and in talent shows.
"She's just determined and when she decides she's going to do something, she goes for it," Sappington said.
Sally Cook is another family friend. Kucinski called Cook a second-grandmother to Reagan and her siblings. She described Strange's efforts Monday as "amazing."
"The way she presents herself is beyond anything I've seen," Cook said. "Her likability — she's the deal."
Viewers' votes will determine the Top 8 artists who advance to the semi-finals. Voting can be done online at NBC.com or on the app. Xfinity viewers can also vote using their voice remotes. Streaming on Apple Music is also allowed. Strange has been the top-streamed contestant two weeks in a row. The semifinalists will be announced in Tuesday's episode at 7 p.m. on NBC.
Abigail Warren is a reporter for The Commercial Appeal. Contact her at [email protected] or follow her on Twitter @aewarren3.
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