By Tahnayee Clendinen, A&E Writer
The progress of alumna Stephanie Anne Johnson on “The Voice” has come to an abrupt end.
Johnson is a native of Tacoma and a graduate of Pacific Lutheran University. Her career in music led her to NBC’s singing competition, “The Voice,” where her celebrity coach was Christina Aguilera.
Unfortunately, Nov. 7 was her last performance on the stage, but Johnson maintains a positive attitude and remains grateful to her fans for the experience.
“What a wild ride,” Johnson posted to her blog, http://sajmusic.com. “I’m so grateful to you all for your support and love through this amazing experience.”
Johnson sauntered onto the stage for her final performance. Wearing a black sequined dress, Johnson performed Maroon 5’s “Love Somebody” with the rest of team Christina Aguilera before it was announced which contestants would go on to be a part of the the top 12 contestants. The rest were eliminated.
Hands joined with fellow teammates Josh Logan, and Olivia Henken, Johnson waited through Aguilera’s stalling speech before Aguilera announced Logan would be advancing on to the top twelve. This meant Johnson had been eliminated.
The decision was made through public vote to get the bottom three contestants for each team, and a single judge’s vote decided which contestant would move on from those three.
Throughout her various performances on the show, Johnson has received nothing but positive feedback from judges and audiences alike.
Judge Cee-Lo Green commented consistently that Johnson “sang with a lot of conviction.” Most recently, Green told Johnson that “even without being comfortable with the song, you left it all on stage.”
Aguilera gave high marks to Johnson from the first time she heard her perform. “I was really taken with the energy you put out there,” Aguilera said after Johnson’s first performance. “You just move me.”
Maroon 5’s lead singer, Adam Levine, casted a vote to keep Johnson on the show in her last battle. “I loved your true, underlying grit,” Levine told a beaming Johnson.
Blake Shelton commented on Johnson’s final battle with a lot of enthusiasm. Johnson was performing a song she had never heard before rehearsing for that particular round. “I know that song very well,” Shelton said. “You sang the crap out of it!”
It is the end of “The Voice” for Johnson, but she said she will not give up on trying to make her dreams come true. “Even if none of you pick me” Johnson said after her second-to-last performance, “I will never give up on singing.” ◼︎